740.00116 European War 1939/1136
The Netherlands Ambassador (Loudon) to President Roosevelt
My Dear Mr. President: In the course of Her latest visit to Hyde Park the Queen discussed with you the opportunity of issuing a declaration with a view to preventing as much as possible destruction by the Germans upon their leaving the occupied countries. The Queen discussed this idea also with the British Prime Minister and the British Foreign Secretary,15 who were in favour of it and asked for a draft declaration. Such a draft has now been prepared and approved by Her Majesty.
Acting upon instructions I have just received, I have the honour to transmit to you herewith a copy of the draft which has also been handed to the British Foreign Office.
Dr. van Kleffens16 instructs me moreover to submit to you the request that this draft be discussed with the British Prime Minister, if this would be agreeable to you.
I beg to add that the Queen would have no objection against a shorter and more strongly worded text.
Dr. van Kleffens would highly appreciate if further consultations could take place for the final drafting of this declaration and its subsequent handling, especially with regard to the opportune moment of its publication. In this connection Mr. van Kleffens ventures the suggestion whether it would be desirable to ask the Soviet Union to participate.
With my highest esteem [etc.]