File No. 124.62/39

The Ambassador in Spain ( Willard) to the Secretary of State


350. Foreign Office informs me Spanish Ambassador, Berlin officially took charge American interests February 6, but that owing to presence of American Ambassador and staff he only actually took charge and opened special office for American interests February 12. Spanish Ambassador states that Ambassador Gerard and Grew asked him to employ Vice Consul Von Versen to assist in connection with American interests. Versen is American citizen but German by birth and Spanish Ambassador asks to be informed as soon as possible whether Department would wish him to be employed under the circumstances.1

  1. Assent to his employment temporarily given in telegram of Feb. 16 (No. 259) to the Ambassador. Same file number; not printed.