852.00/2734: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul at Valencia (Davis)

Your August 21, 1 p.m. Your primary duty is, of course, to obtain the fullest possible protection for American nationals. If you feel that you could helpfully exercise your good offices in behalf of an honorary colleague who, you are convinced, has no political affiliations in Spain, you are authorized in your discretion to do so. You should take great care, however, in the exercize of this authority to do nothing to compromise your efforts to obtain the maximum protection for Americans.

We are greatly disturbed at the conditions reported in your telegram. I think it would be well for you to send at least a brief daily telegram on general conditions until further notice.