Went and tried to see Meade [1] but he was out. Spent day in common lodging house. Much as in London, 11d for bed, cubicles not dormitories. The “deputy” a cripple as they seem so often to be. Dreadful method here of making tea in tin bowls. Cashed cheque in morning but shall stay tonight in lodging house and go and see Meade tomorrow.

[1] Frank Meade: an official of the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers. He ran the Manchester office of The Adelphi (which, from 1930, had published some of Orwell’s reviews), and was business manager of Labour’s Northern Voice, an organ of the Independent Socialist Party.

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