Memorandum by President Roosevelt to the Secretary of State69

In regard to this High Commissionership to the Philippines matter, I had a talk yesterday with President Quezon. He suggested to me that in view of the fact that the High Commissioner is supposed to [Page 910] represent the Government of the United States in the Philippines, that this situation is no longer in existence, and that Quezon himself is now at the seat of the Government of the United States, the need for a High Commissioner at this moment seems unnecessary. In other words, Quezon can consult with you and me and the Interior Department in person at any time he wants—and we with him.

In view of the fact that Sayre has resigned and his resignation has been accepted70 I am inclined to agree with Quezon that it is wholly unnecessary just now to fill the place.

What do you think of leaving it vacant for the time being?

F[ranklin] D. R[oosevelt]
  1. Copy obtained from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N. Y.
  2. Mr. Sayre’s resignation was dated March 23. It was accepted by President Roosevelt on June 30.