Defense Files: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Acting Secretary of State ( Grew )
top secret
operational priority

Argonaut 92. Crypto-War for Acting Secretary of State only from Secretary Stettinius. Topsec.

1. For your urgent information only the five Latin American associated nations which have not yet declared war should be urged

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Note by the Secretary of State Regarding the Composition of the United States Delegation to the United Nations Conference at San Francisco 1

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to do so and adhere to the United Nations declaration with the greatest promptness. It is absolutely essential that this be accomplished by the end of this month if their action is to be effective in their interests. Please limit knowledge of the existence of this message to yourself, Dunn, Rockefeller, Pasvolsky and Raynor.

2. I rely upon you to renew the Department’s recommendations to these countries without disclosing the cause for such renewal.

  1. The original, which is in pencil, is apparently in the handwriting of Stettinius. With regard to the words “Lash of Ohio” in this paper, Byrnes wrote on July 27, 1955: “I recall that President Roosevelt discussed with me the list of delegates for the San Francisco Conference. We discussed Governor Lausche, of Ohio. Therefore, I assume the ‘Lash of Ohio’ mentioned in Stettinius’ memorandum has reference to Governor Lausche.” (310.1/7–2755.)