Editorial Note

No official record of the substance of this meeting has been found, but William Phillips gives an account of the conversation in his volume of memoirs Ventures in Diplomacy (Boston: The Beacon Press, 1952), pp. 389–390. According to this account, Roosevelt asked Phillips to see Churchill and give him his frank impressions of conditions in India. Churchill apparently took strong exception to Phillips’ proposal that Indian leaders be given a measure of authority to deal with domestic affairs. Phillips also relates that he immediately reported upon his private talk with Churchill to Roosevelt during a luncheon conversation with the President.