The Chargé in Spain (Crosby) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received May 9—2 p.m.]
37. Your 16 , May 7, 2 p.m. Have seen Calderon who informs me that submission of list as outlined in my No. 36, May 6, 5 p.m., was prompted by desire to simplify procedure in order that we might obtain most-favored-nation treatment and avoid sending in additional lists from time to time which would involve publication in the Gaceta de Madrid; he said he also feared that this method might lead to protests in behalf of other nations with whom Spain is now and will in the future be negotiating commercial agreements. Asked if his Government would insist on a list such as proposed in my number 36, May 6, 5 p.m. he replied in the negative but intimated that any other procedure would delay matters and might strike a snag in the Ministry of Agriculture. I have no reason to doubt this Government’s bona fides as well as anxiety to settle this question to your satisfaction and therefore strongly urge that proposal outlined in my No. 36 be accepted unless you are definitely against it for reasons unknown to me.