740.0011 European War 1939/20959

The Polish Ambassador ( Ciechanowski ) to the Acting Secretary of State 71

Dear Mr. Secretary: I have today received a telegram from General Sikorski who left Canada this morning, requesting me to ask you to convey to The President the General’s most sincere thanks for the sympathetic understanding which The President showed him regarding all the problems of Poland which he had the honor of discussing with The President and with you.

General Sikorski would like especially to express his gratitude for the President’s support of these matters in Moscow and London.

At the same time General Sikorski asks me to convey to you personally his thanks for all your kindness and your favorable attitude in all the questions which he submitted to you. He would like you to [Page 136] know that, according to cable information received by him yesterday from the Polish Ambassador in the U. S. S. R.,72 the effect of the support granted to him during his visit in Washington is already apparent in improving the present situation between Poland and the Soviet Union.

This has been evidenced by the cooperation on the part of the Soviet authorities in the evacuation of part of our army from Russia to Iran.

General Sikorski foresees that the British authorities in Iran will have a difficult task in looking after the families of our military, a limited number of whom have already arrived in Iran. He would be most grateful if the United States Minister in Iran73 would lend his valuable assistance to the British authorities in this matter.

General Sikorski concludes by expressing the conviction that the method of friendly and frank dealing pursued by him in his relations with Premier Stalin and the U. S. S. R. Government has proved effective and best calculated to serve the interest of the United Nations.

With warm regards, I am, dear Mr. Secretary,

Yours very sincerely,

J. Ciechanowski
  1. This communication was acknowledged by the Acting Secretary of State on April 9. On the same day he sent a copy of the Ambassador’s letter to President Roosevelt.
  2. Stanislaw Kot.
  3. Louis G. Dreyfus, Jr.