Adolf Berle to Franklin D. Roosevelt (March 5, 1940)
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
MEMORANDUM TO THE PRESIDENT
Concerning the reply to the message from the "Naval Person", Secretary Hull asks me to suggest the attached cable. It merely buys us another forty-eight hours to work on the situation.
The principal point at issue is the Moore McCormick run to Bergen. If that line keeps its contract with Brazil, and turns over its ships to the Brazilian government, therun probably would automatically cease. If it is retained, arrangements could be worked out covering the situation: but they will take a few days.
/s/ A. A. B., Jr.