Roosevelt Papers

The President’s Special Assistant ( Hopkins ) to the President 1

Mr. President: I think this2 is O.K.—it gives the final decision to you and in the present situation, that I think is essential.

If you will initial this, the matter will be handled that way.3

Harry
  1. This entire memorandum is in Hopkins’ handwriting. It was sent to Roosevelt at Quebec by pouch, together with Hull’s memorandum of September 11, 1944, supra.
  2. i.e., Hull’s memorandum of September 11, supra.
  3. Roosevelt, instead of approving Hull’s memorandum of September 11, supra, referred it to Morgenthau under cover of the following memorandum dated at Quebec, September 14, 1944: “Will you handle this with Harry Hopkins and Cordell Hull? F[ranklin] D.R[oosevelt]. P.S. Please return original to us.” (Roosevelt Papers)

    Roosevelt also asked Morgenthau, at Quebec, to discuss lend-lease to the Soviet Union with Hull and Stimson. See Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Malta and Yalta, 1945, p. 138. No indication has been found that lend-lease to the Soviet Union was discussed internationally at the Second Quebec Conference.