352.1115/346: Telegram

The Third Secretary of Embassy in Spain (Wendelin) to the Secretary of State

X–27. Department’s telegram No. 63 of August 1, 1 p.m. and circular to Consul Madrid of August 1, 1 p.m.

Forty-six citizens of the United States proper now in Embassy plus 16 of Puerto Rico and 11 of the Philippines; 77 citizens of the United States proper in Madrid outside of Embassy plus 25 of Puerto Rico and 19 of the Philippines. The above list is not final as American [Page 657] citizens not known to the Embassy or Consulate are constantly reporting. There may be as many as 50 more American nationals in the Madrid Consular district including some from Puerto Rico and Philippines who have not yet reported.

All Americans wishing to leave Madrid have already been evacuated via Valencia. Those who remain are unwilling or unable to avail themselves of the present opportunity to leave because of personal or business ties or insufficient financial means. All Americans in the Embassy and those outside as quickly as possible are being requested to sign a brief statement of their motives for not availing themselves of the present opportunity to evacuate. Pending completion of these statements I have not thought it wise to make public the fact that funds may be available to pay railroad fare to the coast and reasonable maintenance abroad for a limited period of those in financial need. I shall report further in this connection within 24 hours and shall evacuate those in financial need and willing to leave in strict accordance with the Department’s telegraphic instructions.