President Roosevelt to King George VI 74

My Dear King George: The suggestions contained in your letter of April 2 have been very interesting to me indeed. I feel as you do that the constructive thought of those in authority in all parts [Page 133] of the world should be devoted to the manner in which the emergency conditions which will exist, after the present hostilities are ended, may best be alleviated.

I am appointing a governmental committee to make an immediate study of the stocks of food and clothing which are at present available in various parts of the world, as well as the manner through which production of those supplies which would be most vitally necessary may most effectively be increased as an added reserve.75

It occurs to me that if the British Government were to constitute a similar organization in England, there could, of course, be a useful and helpful interchange of information with regard to the findings of the two organizations through governmental channels.

I should be glad to know whether this suggestion seems practicable to you.

Believe me

Yours very sincerely,

Franklin D. Roosevelt
  1. Photostatic copy obtained from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N. Y.
  2. An interdepartmental group to consider postwar economic problems and policies was called together on May 27, 1940; see Department of State, Postwar Foreign Policy Preparation, 1939–1945 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1949), pp. 29–40 passim.