740.0011 European War 1939/22706b

Memorandum by President Roosevelt to the Secretary of State

I enclose memorandum from Berle57 and Welles58 in regard to asking the Philippine Commonwealth to become a signer of the United Nations Pact. Frankly, I hesitate to do this at this time. I spoke to Tom Connally59 about it and he agrees with me.

I am, of course, a firm believer in carrying through our promise of independence to the Philippines, but I do not think we should modify the present law by a step which might be considered to hold out a promise to them for immediate independence if, for example, the war were to terminate early in 1943. There might be a period of repair and adjustment for two or three years for which the United States should be responsible.

F[ranklin] D. R[oosevelt]

P.S. Please return enclosures for my files.60

  1. Not printed.
  2. Dated April 17, p. 903.
  3. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
  4. Enclosures were returned by the Secretary with a covering memorandum of July 2.