Washington, D.C. 1945. unbound. 1 page on personal letterhead, 10.5 x 7.25 inches, Washington, D.C., March 9, 1945. Written to Under Secretary of State Joseph C. Grew, announcing he will not be able to attend the very first meeting of the United Nations, in part: "...I have your note of March 6, informing me of the coming meeting next Tuesday morning of the delegates to the San Francisco Conference. I am sorry I shall not be able to be present, but I shall be much interested in the meeting and its success...I get very fine reports about Stettinius' work at the Yalta Conference, and of course it has been fine at Mexico City, all of which is a matter of pride to his friends and the well-wishers of himself and the State Department..." In an effort to accommodate Hull with the hope that he would attend the Conference, it was postponed numerous times. Walter Winchell, in his syndicated column, wrote: "Despite the absence of Cordell Hull - on April 27, 1945 there opened in San Francisco what many regard as the most important gathering in the history of mankind, when representatives of the Peace-loving nations met for the first plenary session of the United Nations." The meeting was overshadowed by the death and funeral of President Roosevelt on April 23, 1945, of which an emotionally-drained Hull was said to have been too fragile to make the trip to California. Natural folds; near fine condition.
Secretary of State for eleven years in the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, resigning in November 1944 due to bad health. Hull received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his role in the founding of the United Nations.