Memorandum by Mr. Harry L. Hopkins, Special Assistant to the President, to President Roosevelt 16

Dear Mr. President: I think it is important, in Quebec,17 that you tell the Prime Minister how strongly you feel about knocking down [Page 57] some of the trade barriers to get somewhere in terms of world trade.

I have a feeling that the Prime Minister thinks that that is a pet hobby of Secretary Hull’s and that you may not think it of great importance.

I think it is essential to our future bargaining with Great Britain that you disabuse the Prime Minister’s mind of this.

I rather think that he thinks that the genius of this program in America lies with Secretary Hull, while the truth of the matter is that it is a program that, from the beginning, has been pushed by you.

H[arry] L. H[opkins]
  1. Copy obtained from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N.Y.
  2. President Roosevelt was about to depart for the Second Quebec Conference, held September 11–16, 1944, with British Prime Minister Churchill. Correspondence on this Conference is scheduled for publication in a subsequent volume of Foreign Relations.