The Assistant Secretary of State
for European Affairs (Perkins)
to the Secretary of State-designate (Dulles)
Dear Foster: Attached are notes on various items in which Mr. Churchill or the British Government have shown interest in the past1 and which it is possible Mr. Churchill may bring into the conversations with General Eisenhower.2 We have attempted to make these comments as brief as possible and in some cases we have condensed the original papers to the best of our ability. Some of them, such as atomic energy, are not susceptible of condensation. On the others we have attached the original comments in case you want to refer to them for more ample statements than the brief notes for the General.
In preparing this list of subjects we have no idea that General Eisenhower will want to take any of these subjects up with the Prime Minister but simply that he may want to be informed of the present status of the problems in case the Prime Minister raises them. If the information is not adequate we will be ready to supply promptly anything further which you want.
As some of the items are Top Secret, I am sending this data to the UN Delegation in New York, asking them to bring it to you at your convenience and to wait for it so that they can return it for safe keeping. They will bring it to you at any time or times that you wish the material.[Page 1929]
Since the above was dictated we have received a wire from Walter Gifford as follows:
“Personal for the Secretary
“I lunched with Churchill at Checquers on December 27 and from all I could find out I do not think Churchill has any specific matters which he is to take up with either Eisenhower or President. In conversation with Eden, yesterday, he confirmed my understanding. However, I should remind you that Prime Minister’s unpredictability has not decreased with the years. Eden also said he did not expect Churchill would go to US when he and Butler plan their trip, but my impression is they will want to go as soon after inauguration as may be acceptable to new administration. Gifford”3
I also enclose for your information the communication from the Foreign Office about the coronation. We have told Walter Gifford that we thought it was unlikely that the Special Mission could be named until after January 20 or that we could give the names of people occupying the seats allocated to us before that time. We have, of course, been careful to avoid any commitments regarding seats.
- Besides the attachment entitled “Egypt”, there were also memoranda, none printed, entitled “Brief Notes on Questions Prime Minister Churchill Might Raise”; “Iran”; “Note on the Situation in Indochina and Malaya”; “Atomic Energy”; “General U.K. Attitudes and Policies in the Far East”; and a background memorandum relating to and a copy of the invitation received from the United Kingdom for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.↩
- President-elect Eisenhower and Secretary of State-designate Dulles were scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Churchill in New York on Jan. 6, 1953.↩
- This is a verbatim quote of telegram 3608 from London, Jan. 1, 1953. (033.4111/1–153)↩