123 P 54/566

The Secretary of State to Mr. William Phillips, Personal Representative of President Roosevelt in India

My Dear Mr. Phillips: I greatly appreciate your letter of December 19, 1942, written in London just prior to your departure. The approach to the Indian problem and the plan of operations which you suggest seem entirely sound to me. We know you will do an excellent job in New Delhi, but we are fully aware that one must not expect the impossible, particularly when the problems are such as those in India today.

I have had a good talk with Ambassador Winant, and will be sending you further word in this regard shortly.

Sincerely yours,

Cordell Hull