Hopkins Papers: Telegram

Prime Minister Churchill to the President’s Special Assistant (Hopkins)1


Prime Minister to Mister Harry Hopkins personal and secret (signed Prime).

Do you remember our conversation about that very secret matter we called “ Tube Alloys ” which you told me would be put right as soon as the President got home?2 I should be very grateful for some news about this, as at present the American War Department is asking us to keep them informed of our experiments while refusing altogether any information about theirs.

  1. Manner of transmission not indicated, but presumably by military channels. The source text bears the following typewritten marginal notation dated February 19, 1943: “Remind Mr. Hopkins to speak to General Somervell on this next three or four days.”
  2. Reference here is presumably to a conversation held at some time in the course of the Casablanca Conference. No record of such a conversation has been found, but see Martin’s message of January 23, 1943, to Hopkins, Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Washington, 1941–1942, and Casablanca, 1943, p. 803.