Roosevelt Papers

The Acting Secretary of State (Stettinius) to the President

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Memorandum for the President

Following our conversation at luncheon yesterday, I have given much thought to the end that you will have the most effective State Department personnel available to you in your forthcoming plans. To this end I believe that Mr. Charles Bohlen, head of the Russian desk in the European Division, together with Mr. Frederick Reinhardt, both of whom are now taking part in the discussions in Moscow, [Page 49]would be of great assistance. I have not only great confidence in the combined judgment of these two officers, but they both are qualified to act as interpreters owing to the length of time they have served and studied in the Soviet Union.

E. R. Stettinius, Jr.