WAR DEPARTMENT WAR DEPARTMENT SPECIAL STAFF CIVIL AFFAIRS DIVISION WASHINGTON 25, D. C. 10 April 1947 Mr. Frank S. Tavenner International Prosecution Section GHQ-SCAP APO 500, c/o PM San Francisco, California Dear Frank: Was delighted to receive your letter of 27 March. Will try to give you a comprehensive report in this letter as there have been so many messages going back and forth that might he rather misleading. I don't see yours or anybody else's letters that go to Mr. Keenan, unless he reads me certain portions or all of them, or turns them over to me for action. I was under the impression that your letter of 27 February was about your own personal situation and therefore, I advised you on the telecon that Mr. Keenan told me that he had written you in answer to that letter. I had prepared a letter for his signature on that subject. Upon receipt of your letter of yesterday, I talked with Dr. Brown and he is starting work on the two talks that you referred to. As a matter of fact, he had already requested the argument on the Supreme Commander and has done considerable work. This will he forwarded to you shortly. Mr. Keenan looks fine. Had a long talk with him Monday night and again yesterday. Monday he stated that he would be ready to leave for Japan in ten days. I am of the opinion, however, that it would be better if he didn't leave until sometime about the first of May. As soon as I know the plans, of course, I shall notify you and I know he will do likewise. I think that your statement regarding the Defense is exactly correct, as even at this long range, a good many people here felt that some of the Defense lawyers were taking advantage of the situation and were not devoting themselves entirely to hard work.