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January 19, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
The President telephoned me at 12:30 today to the following effect:
He had just had a telephone conversation with the Under Secretary of State, Mr. Welles in Rio, to which a reply had to be sent to the President by 3 or 4 o’clock P.M. today, in order that Mr. Welles may see President Vargas tonight.2
The President states that Brazil has been acting very decently in the matter of the Conference, but that Mr. Welles stated there was a danger to the continuation of this favorable attitude if we were not able to make a better showing in the matter of lease-loan materiel.
The President directed me to report to him at 2:15 P.M. today, with the information as to what he might say in his telephone conversation to Mr. Welles.
He stated that he had directed Steve Duggan,3 of the State Department, to get in touch with our man here in the War Department familiar with this matter and he, the President, wishes that we dig out all the papers in the matter and go over them to determine the basis for his message.
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Record of the War Plans Division (WPD), 4225-217, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. Marshall wrote at the bottom of the page: “To Col. Ridgeway [sic] WPD See Col. Taylor G-4.” Victor V. Taylor (U.S.M.A., 1915) was chief of the Defense Aid Section of G-4’s Requirements and Distribution Branch.
2. See Welles’s message to the president in Foreign Relations, 1942, 5: 633-36.
3. Stephen Duggan’s son, Laurence, is probably meant; Laurence was the State Department’s adviser on Latin American political relations.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 69-70.