Roosevelt Papers: Telegram

President Roosevelt to Prime Minister Churchill 1

operational priority

Personal and secret from the President to the Former Naval Person2 Number 297.

Your #328.3 I did not suggest to UJ that we meet alone but he told Davies that he assumed (a) that we would meet alone and (b) that he agreed that we should not bring staffs to what would be a preliminary meeting.4

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What would you think of coming over soon afterwards and that you and I with staffs should meet in the Citadel in Quebec? I am sure the Canadian Government would turn it over to us and it is a thoroughly comfortable spot, with thoroughly adequate accommodations there and at the Hotel Frontenac. It is far better than Washington at that time of year.

While UJ gave no definite dates he suggested the end of July or [Page 392] early August. This is wholly tentative and I do not expect to hear anything further until about the fifteenth of July.

If he confirms this, I would be back about August fifteenth. I would have to be in Washington for a week but could easily get to some place in eastern Canada by the twenty-fifth of August.

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  1. Sent to the United States Naval Attaché, London, via Navy channels.
  2. Churchill.
  3. See Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943, pp. 1011.
  4. For the passages of this message omitted here, see ibid., pp. 1112.