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On the morning of August 20, 1943, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt and their respective parties left the Citadel by automobile for a fishing expedition. Joining them on the trip were Clementine Churchill and Commander Tommy Thompson as well as members of the president’s delegation, Harry Hopkins, Averell Harriman, and Rear Admiral Wilson Brown. Leaving at 10:20 a.m. they drove to Laurentide Park, a short distance from Quebec, where there was a large comfortable log cabin for the fishing and picnicking party. All of the fishing was done with wet fly from small rowboats. After lunch Churchill and Roosevelt remained in the cabin as they discussed Pacific War strategy, with the prime minister again arguing for Sumatra and the president interested in northern Burma. Returning to Quebec at 8:30 p.m., Churchill and Roosevelt dined together an hour later along with Clementine Churchill, Hopkins, Secretary of State Cordell Hull, and Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden. As the prime minister dressed for dinner, Eden told him about the problems he was having with the Americans about recognition of the French Committee. At the dinner Roosevelt recounted his plans for a post-war “international security organization.” After dinner Churchill, Roosevelt, and their officials continued their talks. About midnight Hull rose to depart for bed. Churchill was “scandalized.” When Hull protested that it was already late, Churchill replied, “Why, man, we are at war!”

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