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.

Believe me

Faithfully yours,

Sumner Welles
[Enclosure]

Draft of Telegram From President Roosevelt to the President of Brazil (Vargas)57

Your Excellency’s telegram to your Ambassador in Washington was duly communicated to me. Your message was a further and gratifying proof of the understanding and close friendship between our two nations. I feel sure that at the forthcoming Consultative Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the American Republics58 the representatives of Brazil and of the United States will cooperate once [Page 625]more in their traditional way to further the ideals of our New World—complete respect for the sovereignty of one another and whole-hearted cooperation in all that relates to the preservation of the peace and security of this hemisphere and of the common welfare of the American Republics.

Please accept the assurances of my warm personal regard.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
  1. Notation on copy in Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N. Y., reads: “Original sent to State for transmittal 6/26/40.”
  2. Second Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the American Republics, held at Habana, July 21–30, 1940; for correspondence, see pp. 180 ff.