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WSC's tribute to President Roosevelt, 17 Apr 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/167/206-207

Scope and Contents

Printed copy from Hansard recording WSC's tribute on the death of President Roosevelt covering: the start of his friendship with Roosevelt when the President invited WSC to correspond with him; their correspondence of over 1,700 messages, 9 meetings and 120 days of close physical contact; his admiration and affection for Roosevelt; Roosevelt's courage about his physical affliction and 'agony' at the fall of France; a letter from Roosevelt brought to WSC by Wendell Wilkie in which Roosevelt quoted Longfellow "Sail on, O Union, strong and great! Humanity with all its fears, with all the hopes of future years, is hanging breathless on thy fate!"; the huge generosity of the Lend Lease agreement; development of the Atlantic Charter; WSC's fears for Roosevelt's health at Yalta [Soviet Union]; and Roosevelt's great achievements and legacy. WSC concludes "in Franklin Roosevelt there died the greatest American friend we have ever known and the greatest champion of freedom who has ever brought help and comfort from the new world to the old."Annotated in blue crayon [for WSC's history of the Second World War]


  • Creation: 17 Apr 1945

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Copyright: Crown and Winston Churchill


2 folio(s)

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External Documents


WSC VII, p 1301 (part)

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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