President Truman to Prime Minister
My Dear Mr. Prime Minister: In accordance with my letter of July 25,1 I enclose a copy of a memorandum directive on the issuance of Lend-Lease munitions, which I have today sent to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This directive eliminates the delivery of Lend-Lease material for the occupation of Axis countries. In other respects I believe it adequately covers your expressed desires.
I have noted the suggestion in the letter of July 24,2 that postwar economic arrangements be discussed in Washington, say in September. Mr. W. L. Clayton, Assistant Secretary of State, will be in London shortly for the U. N. R. R. A. Council meeting, and I have instructed him to engage in informal conversations with your people about these matters. When he has reported to me in Washington, we shall be able to decide upon arrangements for further discussions with your representatives.
Very sincerely yours,
- Document No. 1183.↩
- Document No. 1182.↩
- Printed from the Department of State file copy (file No. 851.24/7–545), which has been compared with the signed original in J. C. S. Files. Referring to this directive, Collado, in an informal letter (file No. 740.00119 Potsdam/8–845) dated at London, August 8, to Dudley M. Phelps, Acting Director of the Office of Financial and Development Policy, stated that it “was really a unilateral affair although Sir Robert Sinclair and General Macready had several long conversations with Jack McCloy and myself”. No record of these conversations has been found.↩
- See vol. i, document No. 542.↩
- Not printed.↩
- Document No. 1181.↩