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14 Cranborne to Curtin

Cablegram D58 LONDON, 13 January 1944, 1 a.m.


Following for the Prime Minister.

My immediately preceding telegram. [1]

We feel that in view of the nature and size of his audience,

President Roosevelt's remarks will probably reach a wider circle,

possibly in distorted form and may have repercussions. We,

therefore, thought it advisable to instruct His Majesty's United

Kingdom Ambassador to sound a note of caution in Washington. Lord

Halifax accordingly asked Mr. Hull very confidentially whether the

President's remarks represented a concerted White House - State

Department policy, whether the President had considered his

proposals in relation to American pledges and whether the State

Department had considered the question of French Pacific

possessions in the light of a possible post war security system in

that area.

Mr. Hull replied that he had no more knowledge of the matter than

Lord Halifax. It is plain, therefore, that the President's remarks

did not represent any settled policy in which the State Department

was concerned. Mr. Hull said that he did, from time to time,

remind the President of the pledges given in relation to France

and added that he supposed that the President and Mr. Churchill

would be talking about the matter more closely at a later date.

1 Document 12. See also note 9 thereto.

[AA:A989, 43/735/302]

Last Updated: 2 February 2011

Category: International relations

Topic: History