ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN DELANO. 1882-1945.
Typed Letter Signed (Franklin D. Roosevelt), 1 p, 4to, Washington, December 23, 1941, to Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., on White House stationery, regarding Lodges request to make funds available to dredge Boston Harbor, page very lightly creased and thumbed.
Just two weeks after Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt responds to a request that came in just before (December 5, 1941), to dredge a seaplane channel in Boston Harbor: After reviewing the report of the Army Engineers on this project in June, 1939, I advised the Secretary of War that I did not feel warranted in approving the project at that time. More recently I have stated that as a matter of general policy I felt that no public works projects for the improvement of rivers and harbors and for public buildings should be initiated unless they were definitely important to the national defense program. I am advised that neither the Army, the Navy, nor the Civil Aeronautics Authority consider this project as falling within that category
In view of the present needs of our defense program, I feel that I must adhere to the policy