Colonel E. M. House to the Secretary of State
[Received December 1—8:35 p.m.]
214. For the President from Hoover.
“In order to give a working capital to the relief, we consider it will be necessary to set up some agreement of Treasury participation and possibly request Congressional appropriation. In the meantime, that we may proceed in urgent matters, I am anxious to know if you could appropriate to this purpose 5 million dollars from your Presidential fund. I could later supplement this by dividends to you from Sugar Equalization Board and might avoid appropriations and consequent discussions altogether. Would it be possible to settle this before your departure. Hoover.”
Please transmit paraphrase to Food Administration for attention Rickard with the following message:
“I have sent foregoing message to the President. Would you follow it up? Hoover.”