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      February 10, 1939
His Excellency the President of the United States 
      Executive Mansion
Washington, D.C.
Dear Franklin:
I have been following with interest and, on the whole, with 
      approval the course of your foreign policy. The fact that I have 
      had to speak so much on the Spanish situation has kept me more 
      closely in touch with current events than I usually am. Arthur 
      Willert spent twenty-four hours with me here a couple of weeks 
      ago, and I shall be curious to know how he will influence your 
      views when he visits you at the White House.
In the meantime I send you a quotation from a letter from 
      one of one of my oldest English friends; George Macaulay Trevelyan, 
      Regis Professor of History in the University of Cambridge and 
      author of many books most of which you have doubtless read. One 
      has to "make allowances" in considering the verdicts 
      of all Trevelyans, but George is saner than most of them, closely 
      in touch with the people who count in Downing Street, and not 
      (like your old teacher) a "mere don".
Yours always,
      Roger B. Merriman 
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