The President’s Secretary (Early) to the Secretary of State
Memorandum to the Secretary of State
Dear Mr. Secretary: Attached is a copy of a memorandum the President has received from Mr. Lauchlin Currie.
The President, as the memorandum states, has been asked to approve this proposal.
Before doing this, he has requested me to check the proposal with the Department of State and the Office of the Lend-Lease Administrator.1
I will be grateful to you for any suggestions or comments you care to make.
- Early sent a parallel memorandum to Stettinius on the same date.↩
Attached to the ribbon copy of this memorandum in the Roosevelt Papers is the following typed memorandum of August 10, 1943, from Roosevelt to Early: “Will you clear with Lend-Lease and the State Department? If they approve, go ahead with it. F[ranklin] D. R[oosevelt].”
There is also attached to the file a typed memorandum of August 16, 1943, from Roosevelt to Early, which reads as follows: “Give this to me today. I think I will give out the news of it when I get to Canada. F[ranklin] D. R[oosevelt].” For the press release on this subject issued jointly by Roosevelt and Mackenzie King on August 22, 1943, see post, p. 1119.↩