The Minister in Uruguay (Wilson) to the Secretary of State
[Received 2:06 p.m.]
109. Your 46, May 31, 4 p.m., last paragraph. In connection with the visit of the U.S.S. Quincy, Guani plans to give a large luncheon on Saturday, June 22, to which he would invite officers of the ship, members of the Government, the presidents of the Senate and of the Chamber et cetera, and the chiefs of mission of the American Republics. He proposes that he and I make speeches of particular significance on that occasion. He is consulting with the President regarding what he should say.
My thought would be that I should say something along the line of reviewing the steps taken in recent years at Inter-American conferences to achieve American solidarity, with emphasis upon the Declaration of Lima8 and reaffirmation of the intention of the United States to defend with the other American States [against?] any foreign intervention or activity threatening the sovereignty of the American Republics. [Considering?] the significance which will be attached to a speech on such an occasion under present world conditions, I request the Department to prepare and telegraph to me the text of the substantive portion of the speech, to which I would add a customary introduction and conclusion. I should appreciate receiving the text by June 18 if possible in order to discuss it with Guani.
- See Department of State, Report of the Delegation of the United States of America to the Eighth International Conference of American States, Lima, Peru, December 9–27, 1938 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1941), pp. 189–190.↩