Roosevelt Papers: Telegram

Prime Minister Churchill to President Roosevelt 1

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403. Former Naval Person to President personal and most secret.2

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4. Your number 343.3 On this ground also I am so glad that we are going to meet. Pressure is growing from all quarters in this country, from the Dominions, particularly from Canada, and from several of the United Nations Governments with which we are in touch to “recognize” the French National Committee. Macmillan reports that lie and Murphy are agreed in favouring this and that extreme bitterness and resentment will be caused among all classes of Frenchmen by continued refusal. In accordance with your wishes however we shall take no step pending our meeting to which I am keenly looking forward for reasons far removed from all this tiresome business.

  1. Channel of transmission to Washington not indicated. Forwarded by the White House Map Room to Roosevelt, who was then at Birch Island. The source copy bears an endorsement indicating that copies were sent to Marshall and Hull for their information.
  2. For paragraphs 1–3 of this message, omitted here, see ante, p. 553.
  3. Supra.