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

Mr. Secretary: After Breck Long’s24 call to you on the Palestine question and the matter of making Mr. Stimson’s letter public, Mr. Stimson, the President and I had a discussion, in which it was agreed that the War Department would try first to kill the resolution by executive session testimony by Army representatives. If this fails, Stimson will then give consideration to making his letter public. The strongest point in Mr. Stimson’s mind was that General Marshall25 had military considerations in mind and the effect the letter would have on the enemy.

Breck has had a very satisfactory talk with Mr. Connally and Mr. Bloom and they both feel much better about the whole situation. I believe the situation is under control. Incidentally, Connally had in a few of the outstanding leaders of Jewry for a frank discussion.

E[dward] S[tettinius]
  1. Breckinridge Long, Assistant Secretary of State.
  2. Gen. George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, War Department General Staff.