860C.001 Moscicki, Ignacy/39

President Roosevelt to the Secretary of State

Now that a definite Polish Government has been set up in France and former President Moscicki is no longer President, I recur to the historic United States friendship for Poland and the historic fact that we have always welcomed refugees from defeated democracies.

I wonder, therefore, whether it would not be a fine thing to do if we were to tell the Roumanian Government that the United States would be glad to receive former President Moscicki if he cares to visit this country; that we have held no communication with him and that this message is being sent without his knowledge.

He is an old man, in poor health, and I think the moral effect of such action on our part would be good throughout the world.

We might even make it easier for the Roumanian Government to release him if we send it in the form of an invitation to the former President to visit us.

F[ranklin] D. R[oosevelt]