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November 2, 1938
My dear King George:
      I am so glad to have your letter and to know that the visit is 
      a definite possibility.
I have talked with Lindsay and I am enclosing a copy of his 
      informal memorandum to me.
      We talked the other day and agreed that it would probably be 
      advisable for you and Her Majesty to pay a formal visit to me 
      at the Capital -- but I think that Lindsay should not call the 
      visit to Washington "the principal part of the plan". 
      I say this to you quite frankly because he does not even refer 
      to your coming to stay with Mrs. Roosevelt and me at Hyde Park.
I know you will not mind my telling you that in my judgement, 
      to the American people, the essential democracy of yourself and 
      the Queen makes the greatest appeal of all. Probably the official 
      visit to the Capital should be made, and also a visit to New 
      York but If you could stay with us at Hyde Park for two or three 
      days, the simplicity and naturalness of such a visit would produce 
      a most excellent effect -- in addition to giving my wife and 
      me the greatest possible pleasure in getting to know you both.
Lindsay and I spoke of two possible plans which you may care 
      to consider with your Ministers
      The first plan would be for You to go to the Canadian West; proceed 
      from there to Chicago 
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