The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Spain (Laughlin)
12. Your telegram No. 27, April 20, 6 p.m. As soon as you have ascertained that your British colleague has taken action, you should deliver a note to the Minister for Foreign Affairs (acknowledging his communication of April 17, quoted in your telegram No. 25, April 18, noon) and stating that “the Government of the United States of America takes pleasure in according recognition to the Provisional Government of Spain.”
[Paraphrase.] In view of the fact that there may be some question regarding the status of the King, your employment of the term “Spanish Republic” would be contrary to our desire. This Government does not wish to give the appearance of prejudging events. Apparently the status of the new regime is awaiting settlement, possibly by the electorate. [End paraphrase.]
If possible inform the Department as soon as possible in advance of the hour at which you will deliver your note, in order that the news may be released to the press here.