Memorandum of Conversation, by the Chief of the Division of the American Republics (Duggan)

The Cuban Ambassador telephoned me at about six o’clock to say that he had spoken on the telephone with his brother who confirmed that there had been a tussle in the Constituent Assembly yesterday regarding the mortgage moratorium. His brother was going to the Coordinating Committee then and would convey to Senator Casanova the views of the Department. The Ambassador said that he took the liberty of stating that these views were those held by Mr. Welles, in order that the message to Senator Casanova might be of a more personal nature.

The Ambassador stated that he might hear further from his brother after the latter spoke with Casanova; in any case he felt that he was doing all that he could to bring about a moderate solution.