50. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the Soviet Union0

81. Please deliver following message from the President to President Brezhnev and Chairman Khrushchev:

“Dear Mr. President

“Dear Chairman Khrushchev

On behalf of the American people and myself I wish to thank you sincerely for your good wishes on the occasion of the 186th anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America.

I am confident that the goal of a durable peace can be achieved if, in cooperation with all other governments and peoples, we devote our best efforts to this end.


John F. Kennedy

White House

  1. Source: Department of State, Presidential Correspondence: Lot 66 D 204. Limited Official Use. Drafted by Davis and cleared by Smith at the White House. Another copy of this message is in the Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Countries Series, USSR, Khrushchev Correspondence.