123 Hawkins, Harry C.: Telegram

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

1844. For Hawkins. After you left I worked with Penrose on your memorandum in [on] commercial policy48 and made some changes in it. I discussed it in its revised form with the President who took a copy with him and asked me also to take it up with Hopkins.49 The President wanted you to contact Hopkins in Washington. I want you to do this even if it means staying longer in Washington.50 I am sending to you this evening by messenger a letter51 and a copy of the [Page 25] memorandum which I left with the President. Please keep Assistant Secretary Clayton fully informed.

  1. Mr. Hawkins had left London for Washington on February 5, 1945; reference is to Ambassador Winant’s memorandum, supra.
  2. Harry L. Hopkins, Special Assistant to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Ambassador Winant had joined President Roosevelt and Mr. Hopkins at Alexandria, Egypt, following the Yalta Conference and proceeded with them aboard the U.S.S. Quincy to Algiers; see Robert E. Sherwood, Roosevelt and Hopkins (rev. ed.; New York, Harper and Brothers, 1950), pp. 872–873. According to a memorandum of conversation by Secretary of State Stettinius, March 14, 1945, it was at this time that Ambassador Winant’s memorandum was discussed with President Roosevelt and Mr. Hopkins (840.50/3–1445).
  3. An attached chit and a manuscript note indicated that Mr. Hawkins had already returned to London without having seen this telegram. He then made a second trip to Washington early in March, discussing economic policy and Ambassador Winant’s memorandum with Secretary of State Stettinius but was unable to see Mr. Hopkins because of the latter’s illness (840.50/3–1445; 121.42/3–545).
  4. Not found in Department files nor in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N.Y.