Roosevelt Papers: Telegram

President Roosevelt to Prime Minister Churchill 1


Secret and personal from the President to the Former Naval Person Number 342.

I think we would be in a difficult position if we were to turn down the plea to make Rome an open city. I have just received from Washington the proposed conditions2 and given my approval in principle3 but I think we must be very sure of the inspection if the terms are accepted by Italy.

  1. Sent to the White House Map Room, Washington, and forwarded to the United States Naval Attaché, London, via Navy channels.
  2. Ante, p. 530.
  3. See ante, p. 550.