123C11/316: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Colombia (Caffery)

44. For Caffery from Phillips.16 The President has in mind appointing you Ambassador to Cuba on the termination of Sumner Welles’ period of ambassadorship there, which may be in about 3 months’ time. Welles will then return to the State Department and resume his position of Assistant Secretary. Meanwhile, we should like to have you fill the vacancy here of Assistant Secretary. In this way you can become conversant with Cuban affairs and be of general assistance to the Department.

Please let me know whether this arrangement is agreeable to you.

  1. William Phillips, Under Secretary of State.