Dear Mr. President:
Upon your assumption of the high office and heavy responsibilities of the Presidency of the United States of America, I wish to extend to you my heartiest congratulations together with my most sincere wishes for your success in the great task which lies before you.
My colleagues in the Government of Canada and I -- indeed the Canadian people as a whole -- remember with great pleasure and satisfaction our associations with you. Many thousands of my countrymen served in the Armed Forces of Canada with pride and, may I say, with affectionate devotion, under your inspired leadership as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Western Europe during the Second World War and, more recently, as Supreme Commander in Europe of the North Atlantic Treaty Forces.
Canadians have confidence that your guidance of the affairs of the United States, which has assumed the important role of leader of the free world, will be such as to promote international peace and security. The Government of Canada looks forward to working in continued close and friendly co-operation with the Government of the United States.
I hope I may before long have the pleasure of calling upon you in Washington and I can assure you of a most cordial welcome by the Government and people of Canada if you find it possible to maintain the happy tradition established by your predecessors in office by visiting Ottawa.
I would like also to extend to Mrs. Eisenhower and yourself all best wishes from my wife and myself for your health, success and happiness in 1953 and in the years to come.