611.3731/198: Telegram

The Ambassador in Cuba ( Crowder ) to the Secretary of State


84. From a source close to President Machado I have received the following reliable information:

That President Machado sent the note transmitted with my despatch No. 1416, May 7, out of deference to an almost unanimous public opinion in Cuba on the matter;
That the Government of Cuba would appreciate as an act of courtesy Department’s prompt expression, in most general terms, of its willingness, when a convenient time may offer itself, to enter upon a discussion of trade relations between the United States and Cuba with view to render them truly reciprocal, even though such discussion should lead to no result;
That Department’s unwillingness to enter into such a discussion as suggested above would seriously impair prestige of the present administration.

I have expressed no opinion as to what Department’s decision might be.