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51.09.21 With regards to my papers
Handwritten memo on 5 small pieces of American Red Cross paper.
With regard to my papers, as I explained several times to General Palmer there is little in them of historical interest.
I refrained throughout the war and as Secretary of State from expressing views on national or international affairs in personal or semi-office correspondence.
I did this because of the inevitable hazards regarding publicity and as to my military correspondence, to avoid any chance of confusion in the minds of the recipient between what I wrote and the campaign directives from the Operations section over my signature.
For example, Eisenhower wrote me frequently and at considerable length. But I seldom if ever replied in my personal correspondence. His letters are in the officials files. The answers are part of the subsequent directions.
I will consider the matter further but I see little of historical interest involved, and have the impression that my actions were few, far between and relatively colorless.