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                                             August 23, 1941
My dear Mr. President:
          At my press conference on August 14, a correspondent referred to the fourth point in the
join declaration by you and Mr. Churchill, and said that in London they seem to interpret the
phrase "with due respect for their existing obligations" as providing a means for maintaining the
Ottawa preference system and the American high tariffs.  He asked for my comment and I replied
that I would not undertake to take up reports of that kind at that time.
     In view of the uncertainty in regard to such a vital point, I consider it essential that the
attached self-explanatory draft telegram to our Ambassador at London be sent immediately, if you
Faithfully yours,
Cordell Hull
   Draft telegram
The President,
     The White House.
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