852.2221/1631: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France ( Bullitt )

10. For Matthews:

Your 45, May 8, 11 a.m.88 It is desired that inquiry be made of the appropriate authorities with a view to ascertaining the actual status of all cases of American citizens still under imprisonment in Spain, and that efforts be made to obtain their release. Consuls at Seville, Malaga, Vigo, and Barcelona have been instructed to transmit to you all data in their possession regarding cases of American citizens under imprisonment in their districts, since it appears that no action can be taken locally toward effecting their release. It is requested that a consolidated list of the names of all American citizens known to be under imprisonment in Spain be prepared for submission to the Department as soon as possible after receiving the foregoing data from the Consuls. The list should include the full names of the persons mentioned, reference to passport or citizenship records, and a summary of the present status of each case.

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