The Secretary of State to the Spanish Ambassador (De los Bios)
Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s Note No. 142/16 of January 9, 1939, communicating a message addressed to the President by the Prime Minister of Spain, and to request that Your Excellency be so good as to convey in reply the following message from the President to Dr. Negrin:
“I have received the message which you addressed to me through the Spanish Ambassador at Washington, and I thank you for the kind references to my remarks before the Congress of the United States on the fourth of this month.
“I have read the contents of your message with profound interest, and I may add, with full comprehension of the bitter anguish which the Spanish people are being compelled to endure.
“I am sure that I speak for the American people when I express to you the sincere hope that the blessings of peace and the spirit of good will and common understanding may soon be restored to the Spanish people.”