police searched the institute they found a letter from
England which had been sent through the American Consul.
If Edith Cavell was receiving letters this way, could
she also send them? The fact that the American Consul
had assisted in this way may explain why their ‘neutral’ appeals
on her behalf were ignored.
While not spying herself, the soldiers that Edith
helped escape were interrogated when they reached England,
often providing the Allies with useful intelligence.