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No. 945
The Chargé in Canada (Bliss) to the Department of State 1


2. Following personal letter dated June 30 addressed to Ambassador by Prime Minister:

“I cannot let the day pass without writing to express my personal appreciation, as well as the appreciation of the Government, for the devoted and effective service you have given to the interests of both our countries in advancing the development of the St. Lawrence Waterway for power and navigation. We are all delighted that the applications have now gone forward to the International Joint Commission, and are hopeful that, from now on, the only obstacles we will have to overcome will be the obstacles of nature.

“I should be glad if, at the first opportunity, you would tell the President how very much we in Canada all appreciate the great personal interest he has taken in this project and the way in which he has acted to advance us to the point it has reached today. I know it has been his support which has been decisive”.

  1. The Department, as requested by the Chargé, relayed this message to Madrid where Woodward was on leave, and conveyed it to the White House for the attention of President Truman in a memorandum of July 3 from L. D. Brown to David Bell. (Truman Library, David E. Bell files, “St. Lawrence Canadian Proposal”)