812.404/1026

The Ambassador in Mexico (Morrow) to the Secretary of State

My Dear Mr. Secretary: I thank you very much for your generous letter of June 22, 1929. We all here feel a deep satisfaction that the religious controversy has been adjusted.

I would appreciate it if you would express to the President my thanks for his message. I doubt very much whether it would have [Page 481]been possible to have made any adjustment of the religious question at this time if the Mexican Government had not succeeded in putting down the revolutionary outbreak which began on March 3rd.62 In one sense, therefore, the prompt and decisive action of the President and the State Department at the time of that crisis was an important element in the adjustment of the religious question. For this I am grateful not only to the President but to the Department.

With cordial regards, believe me [etc.]

Dwight W. Morrow

[In his memorandum of a conversation with the Mexican Ambassador, May 30, 1929, the Chief of the Division of Mexican Affairs pointed out “that Mr. Morrow had acted in this religious question purely in a private capacity and that if any officials of the Department of State had transmitted messages on the subject, they were only acting as the personal agents of Mr. Morrow and not as officials of the Department of State. Mr. Téllez said that he understood this and said that he realized Mr. Morrow had done a great deal to modify ex-President Calles’ point of view with regard to the religious question in general.” (812.404/97416/17)]

  1. See pp. 336 ff.