‘In the long history of the world this is a thing to do now’

  • Robin Renwick


In January 1940, Roosevelt wrote to thank Churchill for his ‘tremendously interesting account’ of the action against the Graf Spee, but also to warn that the stopping and searching by the Royal Navy of American merchant ships was causing fierce public criticism. He wondered whether the benefit to Britain and France was worth the annoyance caused to the United States. This, he acknowledged, was liable to be the reaction in a nation three thousand miles away from the fact of war.1


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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt to Winston Churchill, in Warren F. Kimball (ed.), Churchill and Roosevelt: The Complete Correspondence, Vol. I (Princeton University Press, 1984) pp. 33–4.Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    Michael Beschloss, Kennedy and Roosevelt (W.W. Norton, 1980) p. 157.Google Scholar
  3. 9.
    John Colville, The Fringes of Power, Vol. I (Hodder & Stoughton, 1985) p. 398.Google Scholar
  4. 12.
    Andrew Roberts, Eminent Churchillians (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1994) p. 48.Google Scholar

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