My dear Prime Minister,
The President has instructed me to acknowledge on his behalf your letter of January 20 extending your congratulations on his assumption of the Presidency.
I am to say that the President particularly appreciates your references to his past associations with yourself, your colleagues in the Government of Canada and the many Canadians who participated with such distinction in the struggle for Europe. The President looks forward with confidence to a continuation of the close and friendly relationships between Canada and the United States, which he feels can only deepen and broaden through the years.
The President also thanks you and Mrs. St. Laurent for your kind wishes and cordially reciprocates your hope that an early occasion may be found for the exchange of visits which you suggest.
DON C. BLISS