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Draft of letter Cordell Hull to Lord Lothian

Draft letter from H.M. Ambassador to Secretary of State of the United States. Sir, I have the honour under instructions from His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to refer to the speech made by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons on August 20th. In that speech Mr. Churchill stated that His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom had decided some month ago that the interests of both the United States and the British Commonwealth of Nations requires that the United States should have facilities for the naval and air defence(sic) of the western hemisphere against the attack of a hostile power which might have acquired temporary but lengthy control of a large part of western Europe and its resources. I have now been instructed to inform you that His Majesty's Government in Canada, are happy to give the assurance that in the hope of furthering and making still more cordial and enduring the existing good relations between Great Britain and the United States, and as a free contribution on their part towards the defence (sic) of the Americas, and the inhabitants thereof, they are ready to make available immediately to the United States Government naval and air facilities in certain areas in Newfoundland, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia, Trinidad and British Guiana, needed for the purpose of hemispheric defence (sic), such areas to be leased to the United States Government for a period of 99 years. In order to give further precision to this offer I am authorised(sic) to state that His Majesty's Government are (two letters xx'd out) prepared in friendship and good will to meet (four letters xx'd out) representatives (the words of the U.S.A.) inserted above forthwith in order to consider the terms of/, -2- of the aforementioned leases and that subject to later settlement of points of detail the facilities which they are prepared to offer at the above-mentioned places are: (a) f...
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Part of:
1940 Correspondence, The Franklin D. Roosevelt/Winston Churchill Correspondence