Sumner Welles to Franklin D. Roosevelt (November 11, 1940)
THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE
November 11 , 1940
My dear Mr. President:
The British Chargé d‘Affaires left with me this morning the attached letter addressed to you. This letter contains the text of the message addressed to you by Mr. Churchill also contained in the telegram received from the American Embassy in London last night.
An instruction is being sent by telegraph to the American Chargé d’Affaires in Vichy indicating the direct interest of this Government in the reported transfer of these French men of war. A copy of this telegram will be transmitted to you as soon as it is dispatched, together with a suggested reply for you to send to Mr. Churchill.
The White House.