711.522/26: Telegram

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


43. Had personal conversation with the King. He said principal objection to treaty was that Spanish ships were not allowed to enter American ports if they had wines on board. He said there was no objection to such drastic supervision as sealing contents until ships left port, but that they might just as well give up all their trade with the United States if their ships were not permitted to enter Porto Rican ports. Do you think there is any possibility that Secretary Mellon will change his ruling on this point?4

  1. For the Treasury Department’s ruling, see Department’s circular of May? 3 to the chiefs of missions, vol. i, p. 133.