Editorial Note

No official record of this conversation has been found. In the Stimson diary for the period January 8–11, the Secretary of War noted that the British had advanced “some propositions for the creation of a future strategic joint organization” which Stimson considered “completely wrong.” (See the memorandum WW–8, post, p. 217.) The diary note concludes with the following sentence: “Marshall told me over the telephone Sunday evening [January 11] that he had been in conference for two hours with the President that afternoon and had represented strongly the objections to this organization.”