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  Library Correspondence Samuel Cavert: Cable, August 9, 1945

Cable on use of the Bomb on Japan
From: Samuel McCrea Cavert, General Secretary of Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America
To: Harry S Truman, President of the United States of America
Date: August 9, 1945

 

Honorable Harry S Truman, President of the United States
The White House

Many Christians deeply disturbed over use of atomic bombs against Japanese cities because of their necessarily indiscriminate destructive efforts and because their use sets extremely dangerous precedent for future of mankind. Bishop Oxnam, President of the Council, and John Foster Dules, Chairman of its Commission on a just and durable peace are preparing statement for probable release tomorrow urging that atomic bombs be regarded as trust for humanity and that Japanese nation be given genuine opportunity and time to verify facts about new bomb and to accept surrender terms. Respectfully urge that ample opportunity be given Japan to reconsider ultimatum before any further devastation by atomic bomb is visited upon her people.

FEDERAL COUNCIL OF THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN AMERICA 

SAMUEL MCCREA CAVERT GENERAL SECRETARY.

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