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Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, June 29, 1951. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

[Letterhead: U.S.S. Williamsburg]

[Undated]

I go on a week end "rest" Friday June 29, 1951. Have quite a schedule for the day. Several extras not on the official list.

At 5:15 P.M. I depart for the Williamsburg. Have Chief Taylor give me a rub down after a hot and cold shower.

Sit on the fantail from six fifteen after calling Bess at six. It is as hot as ninety probably with a slight breeze.

Because of the Russian, Chinese-Korean situation, the Secretary of State, Mr. Atcheson, the Secretary of Defense, General Marshall, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Mr. Lovett, the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff, General Bradley and Asst. Sec. of State, Dean Rusk, come aboard at 6:45 and have dinner. After dinner we discuss a directive to General Ridgway. After much discussion the directive is approved and my guests leave at about 9:30 P.M.

I call Mr. Short and inform him that no important policy matters were discussed. Talk to Senator Ernest McFarland and tell him in no uncertain terms what I think of last nights performance in the Senate.

Go to bed about 11 P.M. and sleep like a log until five in the morning, when we have a thunder storm and a very heavy down pour of rain. Go back to bed and sleep until seven. Got up, shave, dress and have breakfast at 8:15.

At nine I call Mr. Murphy, Mr. Stowe and Mr. Hopkins. After talking to them, the barber of the ship gives me a haircut. Then I talk to Mr. Averill Harriman about Yalta, Iran and China.

Commander Bill Rigdon brings me various documents to sign. Captain MacDonald had brought me letters to sign to Senators McKellar, and McFarland and Congressman Cannon as a result of my conversation with Sen. McFarland last night. I try to sit on the upper deck and relax-no soap. So I come back to my desk, clean out the file, read the quarterly report of the Defense Production Administrator and get ready for lunch. Some rest! No President ever had any real rest! Why should I try.


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