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Thank you for your question. The diary entry you're looking for can be found here: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5859986. Our website underwent a major revision a while back, and we had some hiccups with the 1947 diary. We are working on getting that corrected, but in the meantime, you can find it in the National Archives Catalog.
With regard to the Gordon Merriam memo, I am not familiar with that off hand. We are not fully back in the office every day, and we may or may not have this book in the Truman Library's collection. If you could send us the precise footnote from that book, we will do our best to track it down for you. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and your question will be assigned to one of our archivists.
Thank you again!
Archivist, Harry S. Truman Library
Thank you for the link to the diary entry. I've emailed excerpts from the Wilson book to the specified email address.
Today, I received a message from an archivist at the Truman Library. The gist of the message is as follows:
I regret to say that I have not been able to find a copy of the October 15, 1946 memo by Gordon Merriam in our holdings.
Our administrative files indicate that Merriam sent a copy of the memo to the Library's Director in August 1972, and that the memo bore a "Top Secret" marking. I do not know if the document was subsequently declassified, but I was unable to find it in the General Historical Documents Collection (GHDC) or the Miscellaneous Historical Documents Collection (MHDC). Typically, historical documents of this kind that were received by the Library would have been filed in one of these two collections.
This is a disappointing outcome. Of course, I do not blame the messenger.
It is bitterly ironic that the memo at issue was delivered to the Truman Library for safeguarding after, according to Evan M. Wilson's account, Dean Acheson "thought it so explosive" that he ordered all copies of this memo—except for Merriam's original—destroyed. As I cannot find any collection of Wilson's or Merriam's papers archived anywhere this memo is seemingly lost to posterity.