DescriptionCordell Hull Typed Letter Signed. One page, 8" x 10.5", on Department of State letterhead, Washington, August 19, 1944. With the U.S. entrance into World War II, Secretary of State Hull began planning an international postwar peace keeping body. Considered the "Father of the United Nations," he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his part in its organization. The letter reads in full:
"I take pleasure in informing you that, with the approval of the President, you have been designated as a member of the non-partisan group to be associated with Under Secretary of State Stettinius in the informal conversations concerning a general international organization for peace and security, to be held at Dumbarton Oaks commencing August 21, 1944, with members of similar groups representing the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union and, subsequently, with the United Kingdom group and members of a similar group representing the Republic of China. The President, in approving the arrangements for the discussions, extended to you and to other members of the American group his wish that 'good luck' would attend your endeavors. I am confident that these conversations will go forward in the atmosphere of devotion to the cause of international peace and security and that they will be governed by the same spirit of constructive cooperation that has joined the United Nations in war against their common enemies. It is my sincere hope that the discussions will lead to agreed recommendations to the respective Governments for an international organization that will assure the maintenance of peace and security when the approaching victory is won. I urge you, on behalf of your Government, to use your best efforts to these ends."
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