File No. 652.119/278
The Ambassador in Span ( Willard) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 4, 9.58 a.m.]
910. Until receipt of Department’s 769, December 1, 6 p.m., this Embassy has been without information concerning the granting of licenses to export cotton, oil and other commodities to Spain. During my stay in Paris I took up with McCormick and representatives of the United States Army details of possible agreement with Spain concerning purchases and rate of exchange, but I did not feel that I had authority to approach representatives of France and Great Britain upon these subjects.
Replying to Department’s request for my opinion concerning immediate shipments of cotton to Spain, Embassy will reply as soon as information, which has been asked for, can be secured from Barcelona as to existing stock of raw cotton in Spain.[Page 1217]
The Embassy is informed from Paris that representatives of our Army and of the Allies are now in negotiation with United States commission concerning Spanish situation.