Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State ( Stettinius ) to the Assistant Secretary of State ( Acheson )

Yesterday afternoon I had a private talk with Mr. Richard Law1 during which he expressed the hope that we would not press for a final decision on the Eden White Paper2 until Sir John Anderson, who may be in Washington later this summer, had a chance to talk with the President, Secretary Morgenthau, and Mr. Hull. I said I thought the matter could be postponed until then.

Mr. Law also referred to the attitude of FEA toward the British, which he felt to be unfortunate. In particular he mentioned the administration of the White Paper and thought it would be helpful if FEA would let Harry Whitney3 go to England in order to review this with the British.

I am asking Charley Taft4 to mention this to FEA.

E[dward] S[tettinius]
  1. British Minister of State.
  2. For the text of the British White Paper relating to distribution of lend-lease material, see Department of State Bulletin, September 13, 1941, p. 204; for correspondence on this subject, see Foreign Relations, 1941, vol. iii, pp. 1636.
  3. Harry Whitney, Director, White Paper Policy Staff, Foreign Economic Administration.
  4. Charles P. Taft, Director of the Office of Wartime Economic Affairs.