New England Yearly Meeting

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Peace with Japan

Jun 20, 1945

“The Peace Committee reported that they had drafted a letter to be sent to the President of the United States urging immediate peace proposals to Japan. (See Minute 26.) The Meeting heartily approved of the letter and the Clerk is directed to sign and send it on behalf of this Meeting. The Meeting advised the Peace Committee to make public this letter in order to increase public opinion for this matter.”

Honorable Harry S. Truman, President of the United States “The New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers) at its 285th annual session, held in Andover, Massachusetts, June 20-25, 1945, has a profound concern that definite peace proposals should be made to Japan immediately, in such a way that hostilities may be brought to a conclusion without entailing further ruthless destruction.
“This meeting earnestly requests that such proposals be made public as we feel the Japanese people will accept a just peace if an offer is made at this time.
“Signed by direction and on behalf of New England Yearly Meeting of Friends:
Arthur Jones, Clerk
Millicent S. Foster, Recording Clerk”

Minute 1945-73

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