Twenty-five Massachusetts residents prominent in professions and business yesterday sent President Truman a letter requesting him to lead in organizing the United States, Britain, France, and Canada in an Atlantic Union.
Among the signers were ten men affiliated with Harvard, including Robert Amory, Jr. '35, professor of Law; Robert Braucher, professor of Law; Sidney B. Fay '96, professor of History, Emeritus; Sheldon Glueck, Roscoe Pound professor of Law; President Wilbur K. Jordan, professor of History; Clyde Kluckhohn, professor of Anthropology; James A. MacLachlan, professor of Law; James H. Means '07, Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine; William J. Mixter '36, Harvard Medical School; James C. White 17, Harvard Medical School.
"Federation can be a dramatic, effective answer to the present crisis," the letter stated. "Alliances are not enough. We need union."
Emphasis on the lack of harmony among free nations with regard to the Far East is described, with the suggestion that now more than over unity in the West is imperative. "We have allies--the people who believe as we do in the rights and dignity of the individual . . . Alliances are not enough. We need union. We need to assert confidently that freedom is indivisible."
Two plans were offered in the letter to carry this out. (A) "That you (Truman) consult the government of (the above countries) regarding the practicability of the establishment of a Provisional Union to meet the current supreme crisis," and (B) "that you invite the six democracies that sponsored the North Atlantic Treaty . . . to name delegates . . . to meet with bipartisan delegates of the United States in a federal convention."