ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Typed letter signed (''Franklin D. Roosevelt'' and ''Pa'') to ''Ensign and Mrs. John A. Roosevelt,'' Washington, D.C., 17 January 1942. 1 page, 4to, White House stationery, with White House envelope.
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Typed letter signed ("Franklin D. Roosevelt" and "Pa") to "Ensign and Mrs. John A. Roosevelt," Washington, D.C., 17 January 1942. 1 page, 4to, White House stationery, with White House envelope.
"THESE HAVE BEEN VERY HECTIC DAYS"
An affectionate thank-you letter with unusual double signature, written immediately following one of the most demanding periods of Roosevelt's presidency, alluding in passing to these events. While Japanese forces rampaged through Asia, Winston Churchill and his senior staff arrived in Washington on 22 December 1941 for the important Arcadia Conference; Churchill himself had been living in the Rose Suite at the White House and had joined the President for the lighting of the Christmas tree on the White House lawn. Roosevelt writes: "I am a little late in thanking for my Christmas presents this year, as I did not even have an opportunity to open any gifts until about a week after Christmas. I am delighted to have those grand woolen socks and you were dears to think of me."
"These have been very hectic days -- not only the war, but the British Mission which has kept me going day and night." In mentioning the "British Mission," Roosevelt refers directly to the Arcadia Conference, held in Washington from late December 1941 to January 1942; that conference resulted in the historic establishment of the Combined Chiefs of Staff for the coordination of Anglo-American strategy, logistics and operations. In March 1942, strategic responsibility for the Pacific theater had been delegated to the U.S. Joint Chiefs, while the British Chiefs dealt with the Mediterranean and Mideast, and the Combined Chiefs with the European theatre.