The Chairman of the American Red Cross ( Payne ) to the Under Secretary of State ( Phillips )
Dear Mr. Phillips: Herewith a copy of an important letter from Colonel Haskell, which you will read with interest. I call your especial attention to the last paragraph in which he advises that we cease our operations in June, and make early announcement of the fact. Prompt and earnest consideration should be given to this recommendation and a definite conclusion reached. If we do not withdraw, it is difficult to forecast a period when we may do so. If we withdraw, we may expect criticism from the churches and the Near East Relief. This would come at any time. Hence, our decision should be made firmly, having in mind the consequences, pro and con.
I will greatly appreciate your suggestions with a definite expression of your views.