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                       July 14, 1944                        
                   My dear Mr. President                    
In our last talk you enquires about the Crown Prince, now Lieutenant   
             General, of Italy and his family.              
On Friday last I received an invitation for Tea at the house of a friend.    
The Crown Prince was the only other guest.  After a cup of tea we were left   
alone for an hour.  The plan may have sprung from a conversation I had   
with the Pope a few days before.  I had known the Crown Princess and his   
aunt, the Queen of Montenegro, both of whom had visited our Villa in   
                  Florence in past years.                   
The conversation was quite general but led to a plan for a further talk   
when Anabel and I are installed in the "Kemp" villa, which is suited to   
private meetings.  THe Crowm Princess, her son and two daughters are in   
Switzerland, near Bearue.  His sister, the Queen of Bulgaria (Giovanni),   
widow of King Boris are still in Bulgaria.  He has had no news of them for   
menay months.  His sister, Countess Colvi di Bergolo, and two children are   
in confinment in Germany- or in prison in Verona, he does not know where   
they are.  Princess Marie of Bourbon-Parine is either in France or   
Germany-he does not know where.  The C.P.  has greatly improved during the   
past years and responds to his increased responcibilities, is modest, has   
an orderly comprehension of hte position of his country.  I am sure you   
would enjoy a vicit with him.  He dresses as an ordinary civilian with no   
display of military character.  The King is at one of his estates near   
The C.P. feels that work will be the salvation of his people, many   
of whom would like to volunteer for military service with the Allies.    
Recruiting is permitted only in a small way.  Many Italians feel   
humiliated that they are not permitted to fight for their own liberation-  
especially as 'black Africans' are at the front with the Indians,   
Americans, Japanese, Goums and others.  Gerneral Clark told me they had   
               not much stamina as fighters.                
I spent one day last week with General Clark at Headquarters- visiting   
three hospitals of which the one that affected me most, quite a large one,   
                     where men who have                     
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