President Roosevelt to the Emperor of Ethiopia (Haile Selassie)4

Great and Good Friend: I have received with very great appreciation your generous letter of August 24, 1944, in which Your Majesty has graciously conveyed to the United States of America absolute title and possession of property situated in Addis Ababa, together with all appurtenances, furnishings, and valuables located thereon, and certain additional realty deemed to be necessary and appropriate to the representation of the United States in Ethiopia.

In the name of the United States I accept these gifts in the same cordial spirit of friendship in which they have been offered, and I welcome this added testimonial of the attachment that so happily binds our two peoples together in bonds of permanent understanding and mutual respect.

Your Good Friend,

Franklin D. Roosevelt
  1. Transmitted in instruction No. 143, December 2, to the Minister in Ethiopia.