840.50/3–645: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom ( Winant ) to the Secretary of State 29

2301. From Judge Rosenman. Upon my arrival I was shown copy of Mr. Eden’s letter and memorandum dated February 7 and February 11 at Yalta to you on subject of supplies for liberated areas and your acknowledgement of February 10 and February 1130 promising a full reply immediately upon your return to Washington.

In view of fact that the proposals in Mr. Eden’s letter cut broadly across the field of the survey which I have undertaken for the President it occurs to me that you may wish to delay a definitive reply to Mr. Eden at least until my tentative conclusions have been reached and forwarded to the President. I have with me in London representatives of the various agencies involved viz. FEA, State, Treasury, and Civil Affairs of the US Army, and we are studying the various matters suggested in the above correspondence on the ground here and in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

In any event I should greatly appreciate seeing the text of your reply, if possible, in advance of its delivery. [Rosenman.]

  1. This message was transmitted by the Acting Secretary of State to the Secretary of State who was at this time in Mexico City participating in the Inter-American Conference on Problems of War and Peace. For documentation relating to the Conference, see vol. ix, pp. 1 ff.
  2. Letter of February 11 to Mr. Eden not printed; see footnote 19, p. 1067.