The Secretary of State to the Consul at Barcelona (Franklin)
The Belgian Government has requested our cooperation in the evacuation of Belgian nationals from Barcelona. The Commanding Officer of the Exeter has been informed of this and we have also informed [Page 638]the Belgian Government that while space on the vessel is limited, we will give every consideration to its request.
We assume that such Americans as avail themselves of the use of the Exeter will be sufficiently supplied with funds so as to take care of themselves. We very much hope that this is the situation since we have no particular funds available for this purpose. However, you should let us know whether there are any destitute Americans in need of funds.