Franklin D. Roosevelt to Winston Churchill, March 5, 1940
March 5, 1940.
AMERICAN EMBASSY LONDON STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.
Your 490, February 28, 8 p. m.
Please convey following message to the Naval person from the President:
QUOTE Upon my return to Washington, I received your message. I deeply appreciate your efforts. I am having the situation thoroughly studied and will communicate with you further as soon as possible. END QUOTE
(signed in pencil)
“Leave the past to history especially as I propose to write that history myself.”