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On August 24, 1943 the First Quebec Conference, held at the Citadel and Chateau Frontenac, closed with a joint statement issued by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt.  At 10 a.m. Churchill met with Secretary of State Cordell Hull and Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden.  At about half past eleven that morning Roosevelt and Churchill held a press conference on the terrace at the Citadel with Prime Minister Mackenzie King introducing them to the approximately 150 correspondents. A small luncheon party followed at the Citadel which was attended by Churchill with his wife Clementine and daughter Mary as well as Roosevelt, Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, presidential adviser Harry Hopkins, and Mackenzie King. During the day a cable was received from Stalin, the tone of which greatly annoyed Churchill. The prime minister declared that “Stalin is an unnatural man” and predicted “there will be grave troubles.” At eight o’clock that evening Churchill and Roosevelt dined together along with Lieutenant-General Hastings Ismay, Hopkins, Averell Harriman, Admiral William Leahy, Rear Admiral Wilson Brown, Mary Churchill, and Miss Grace Tully. At 10:30 p.m. Churchill accompanied Roosevelt to the president’s train at Wolfe’s Cove station. Half an hour later the president departed Quebec for Ottawa. The next day, August 25, 1943, Churchill cabled the War Cabinet in London that “everything has gone well,” as the conference dealt with the issues of the atomic bomb, recognition of the French Committee, and Louis Mountbatten as the new commander in South-East Asia.

Immediately after the conclusion of the First Quebec Conference, Churchill and his party went on a week long fishing expedition at a camp near the provincial capital. The prime minister returned to the Citadel on August 31, 1943 and made an internationally broadcast radio address about the Quebec Conference that afternoon. Later that day Churchill and his party departed Quebec by train for Washington with Prime Minister Mackenzie King bidding his British counterpart farewell at the station.

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