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Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, January 1, 1947. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

January 1, 1947

Spent New Year's Eve on the yacht Williamsburg with the White House Staff and ex staff-eighteen of them. Gave each of them a gold seal White House card wishing a "very happy new year," signed. We had a very happy evening together.

Went to bed at 1:30 after the ship's Chief Pharmacist's Mate gave me a good pounding with alcohol. Had breakfast with my naval aide R. Adm. Foskett and Capt. Freeman, the commander of the yacht.

Came back to the White House at 8:45 A.M. New Year's Day.

Read the morning papers as usual. Some gave me hell and some did not. It makes no difference what the papers say if you are right.

Called the "boss" (Mrs. T.) at 10 A.M. and had a talk with her and the daughter. Never was so lonesome in my life. So I decided to call the Cabinet and ex Cabinet officers.

Talked to Byrnes, Snyder, Clark, Patterson, Forrestal, Krug, Harriman, Schwellenbach, Anderson and left word for Hannegan, who was out on a fishing trip.

Then Gen. Fleming, Gen. Eisenhower, former Sec. of War Stimson and Miss Perkins were called. Apparently they were all pleased by the calls-and so was I.

Called Sen. Vandenberg. Had a very pleasant conversation with him. He expressed the opinion in answer to a question on the subject that it would be better for me to see the Republican leaders after my State of the Union Message, on Monday, Jan. 6, 1947, rather than before the delivery of the message.

Called Joe Martin. He assured me that cooperation was at the top of his consideration. And that he wanted very much to help run the country for the general welfare. He told me that he would be most happy to talk to me at any time on any subject. I am inclined to believe that he meant what he said.

Talked to Sec. Byrnes in White House study at 12:45 on the subject of the President of the World Bank. [John J.] McCloy, former Asst. Sec. of War, had been called in. He was hesitant about taking the job, although John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Winthrop Aldrich, Pres. of the Chase Natl. Bank, had told him he should.

Byrnes and I discussed the Roosevelt agreement with Churchill and Mackenzie King on the Atomic Energy program. It is a mess. No one seems to have thought the thing would work out as it has. So I am the heir to a hell of a mess. But I'm not blaming anyone. Suppose that two billion six hundred million dollars had been spent in vain! What a terrible mess that would have been! So let's be thankful for what we have.

Sec. Snyder came in at 2:15, stayed until 3:30 P.M. discussing McCloy, Byrnes, Morgenthau, labor legislation, message etc. etc. etc.


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