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March IS, 1942
Board of Governors
Mr. Wyatt, General Counsel

Protection of property of
evacuees from Pacific Coast military areas.

The following documents on the above subject are attached for
the Board's information:
1. A telegram sent last night by Mr. E. fi, Foley, Jr.,
as Acting Secretary of the Treasury, to the Presidents of all
Federal Reserve Banks;
2. A copy of the Executive Order of March 11, 1942, establishing the Office of Alien Property Custodian;
5. The text of a memorandum issued by the Alien Property
Custodian tinder date of March 11, 1942 redelegating all of his
powers and authority to the Secretary of the Treasury pending
the staffing and organization of the Office of Alien Property
Custodian; and
4. A press release issued yesterday in connection with the
above-mentioned Executive Order and memorandum.
I did not see any of the attached documents, except the Executive Order,
until after the telegram was sent to the Federal Reserve Banks last night.
I discussed the subject over the telephone with Mr. Foley and
urged that, in order to avoid any uncertainty or confusion regarding the
status of authorizations heretofore granted to the Federal Reserve Banks
by the Secretary of the Treasury, the telegram to the Federal Reserve
Banks should make it perfectly clear that all authority heretofore delegated to the Federal Reserve Banks by the Secretary of the Treasury remains in effect until further notice.
Mr. Foley took tho position that this is not necessary, since
Mr. Crowleyfs memorandum redelogating his authority to the Secretary of
the Treasury bears the same date as the Executive Order and since the
press statement points out that "there would be no interruption in the
various programs vital to the war effort which are now in the process
of execution relating to foreign owned and foreign controlled property".
There would have been less chance of uncertainty and confusion
if Mr. Foley had adopted my suggestion; but his mind was made up and it
was impossible for mo to convince him of tho wisdom of taking this additional precaution.
Respectfully,

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Walter Wyatt,
General Counsel•