740.0011 European War 1939/4173a
The Under Secretary of State (Welles) to President Roosevelt
My Dear Mr. President: From personal letters and telegrams which I have recently had from Jeff Caffery it is obvious that the Brazilian Government is supersensitive as a result of Dr. Vargas’ recent speech and the bitter criticism which resulted therefrom.
In my judgment a friendly telegram from you to President Vargas at this juncture would have very helpful results. I am submitting herewith a suggested telegram. I believe the phrase “complete respect for the sovereignty of one another” would be particularly useful in this connection. If you approve the telegram, please have it sent back to me and I will have it sent to Rio immediately.