852.1115/392: Telegram

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

X–28. Department’s telegram No. 63 of August 1, 1 p.m. Very few Americans financially unable to leave. A few have no funds to maintain themselves outside of Spain and no relatives who could assist them once evacuated. A number of others have sufficient funds in pesetas but cannot obtain foreign exchange. The Minister of Finance personally assured me last evening that foreign exchange would be made available for these people on formal request of Embassy and I am making this request immediately. Most all Americans in Embassy do not wish to leave for business or family reasons. We are strongly urging all such persons at least to evacuate their families. Five Americans including three Philippine nationals left on train last night for Valencia and will proceed to Marseille on British vessel. Those leaving last night included Isauroga Baldon, former Philippine High Commissioner in Washington.