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The Secretary of State to the Minister in Honduras ( Morales )

40. Your September 24, 9 a.m., last paragraph.

The Department has as yet received no evidence indicating that the sending of a warship as a measure to indicate moral support of the constituted authorities will be necessary if the Honduran Government permits the elections to be conducted with full freedom and fairness. If, on the other hand, any failure to assure freedom in the elections should threaten to result in disorder, the Department would not feel justified in giving any moral support to the officials responsible. You may convey this statement informally to President Lopez Gutierrez.

Hughes