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The Public Papers of Harry S. Truman contain most of President Truman's public messages, statements, speeches, and news conference remarks. Documents such as Proclamations, Executive Orders, and similar documents that are published in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations, as required by law, are usually not included. The documents within the Public Papers are arranged in chronological order. President Truman delivered the remarks or addresses from Washington, D. C., unless otherwise indicated. The White House in Washington issued statements, messages, and letters unless noted otherwise. (Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1966)

The Public Papers contain items such as the Statement by the President Announcing the Use of the A-Bomb at Hiroshima (August 6, 1945), the Special Message to the Congress on Greece and Turkey: The Truman Doctrine (March 12, 1947), the White House Statement Announcing Recognition of the Government of Israel (January 31, 1949), the Statement and Order by the President on Relieving General MacArthur of His Commands (April 11, 1951), and The President's Farewell Address to the American People (January 15, 1953).

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Provided courtesy of The American Presidency Project.  John Woolley and Gerhard Peters. University of California, Santa Barbara.
 65.  Special Message to the Congress Transmitting Report Concerning the United Nations
March 19, 1946

To the Congress of the United States:

I transmit herewith for the information of the Congress a copy of the Report on the activities of the American Delegation to the first Part of the first Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in London, England, January 10--February 14, 1946, submitted by the Secretary of State to the President of the United States under date of March 1, 1946.

The participation of the American representatives in the actual establishment of the institutions provided in the Charter of the United Nations, and in the initial work of the General Assembly regarding the urgent problems confronting the 51 Members of the United Nations today is vital to all Americans.

The United States supports the Charter. The United States supports the fullest implementation of the principles of the Charter. The United States seeks to achieve the purposes of the Charter. And the United States seeks to perfect the Charter as experience lights the way. To do less than our utmost in this essential effort of peace-loving nations, whatever may be the obstacles and difficulties, would be a betrayal of the trust of those who fought to win the opportunity to have a world at last with peace and security, and well-being, for all. To do our utmost will be to give new and full expression to the meaning of "America" to the world.

I commend to the attention of the Congress the enclosed report as constituting the Record, briefly told, of the part taken by our representatives in the progress so far made by the United Nations, now established and at work.

NOTE: The report and Secretary Byrnes' transmittal letter of March 1 are printed in House Document 509 (79th Cong., 2d sess.).