DescriptionHarry L. Hopkins: Typed Letter Signed as Chairman of the President's Soviet Protocol Committee, Regarding the Soviet Request For Additional Vessels in the Caspian Sea.
-April 15, 1943. Washington, D.C. One page, 7.25" x 8.5". The President's Soviet Protocol Committee letterhead.
-To: Major General A.I. Belyaev, Washington, D.C.
-Folds, sheet appears to have been cut down from its original size with paper missing along left and bottom sides, else fine.
This letter, stamped "SECRET" in red at the top of the page, was sent by FDR's close adviser Harry L. Hopkins to General Belyaev of the Government Purchasing Commission of the Soviet Union in the U.S.A., located in Washington, D.C. Hopkins writes, full: "My dear General Belyaev: The need of the Soviet Union for additional vessels for the Caspian Sea and for Far Eastern Waters, as stated in your letter of January 22nd, is fully appreciated. The problems involved in supplying these vessels have been given very thorough consideration by various government agencies for the past several months. In view of fabricating difficulties and deficiencies in ocean shipping, it now seems advisable to coordinate your request for vessels with the requirements set up by your government for the Third Protocol. It appears from your letter that the supply of these vessels for Far Eastern Waters and the Caspian Sea may have such high priority in your program that you may perhaps prefer to have them instead of some other items. To enable this government to consider these requests in relation to your other requirements, it is suggested that you incorporate them in your over-all statement which was submitted on April 1, 1943. Sincerely yours, Harry L. Hopkins, Chairman." In addition to the "SECRET" rubber stamp, the letter also contains writing in red ink in what appears to be Russian; several of the words are cut off, and it appears that at least half an inch has been trimmed from the left side of the page and at least as much along the bottom edge. As Chairman of the President's Soviet Protocol Committee, Hopkins determined supply quotas to be dispatched to allied forces, including the Soviets. A historic letter containing significant World War II and Lend-Lease content.
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