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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1943. The Near East and Africa
(1943)

India,   pp. 178-318 PDF (50.7 MB)


Page 178


INDIA
INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE SITUATION IN INDIA;s
MISSION OF WILLIAM PHILLIPS AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE
OF THE PRESIDENT
123 P 54/565
Mr. Williamr Phillips, Personal Representative of President Roosevelt
                 to India, to the Secretary of State
                                        LONDON, December 19, 1942.
                                      [Received December 30, 1942.]
  DEAR MR. SECRETARY: Now that my final instructions 2 and the letter
from the President to the Viceroy 3 have arrived, I am arranging with
all speed for my departure. The Pan American have promised me
accommodation from Foynes to Lagos on the 23rd, and if all goes well,
I may pull into Nigeria on the afternoon of Christmas. Yesterday
came the news that an Army plane was to be put at my disposal to
transport me from Lagos to Delhi via Cairo, Karachi, etc. And so
the great adventure is about to begin.
  The appointment seems to have made a favorable impression over
here in the press, among members of the Government and Indian
experts. All have been most cordial from the Prime Minister 4 down,
although of course there are some of the old diehards who presum-
ably feel otherwise. For instance, a caller this morning who has
spent much of his life in India, regarded the Mission as not only
highly significant, but as though happy events might automatically
follow from it.
  This attitude of mind, while of course pleasant, leaves me somewhat
overwhelmed, and certainly dubious as to my own capacity to fulfill
expectations. As I come into more personal contact with the prob-
I For previous correspondence relating to this subject, see Foreign Relations,
1942, vol. I, pp. 593 ff.
'The Department's basic instruction to Ambassador Phillips was sent in the
Secretary of State's telegram No. 5839, to London, November 20, 1942, ibid.,
p. 746. In a subsequent instruction, No. 5986, November 27, 1942, dealing
prin-
cipally with personnel and housing problems at the New Delhi Mission, the
Secre-
tary of State said in part: "The Department is concerned with the coordination,
under the supervision of the Mission, of the work of the various civilian
agencies
of this Government now operating in India. Consideration has been given to
the designation of a senior Foreign Service officer who would, under the
chief of
mission, supervise and direct, in so far as circumstances warrant, the work
of the
other agencies. Recommendations on the subject are requested after your arrival
in India." (123 P 54/534)
3 The Marquess of Linlithgow.
'Winston S. Churchill.
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