852.48/1449: Telegram

The Consul General at Algiers ( Wiley ) to the Secretary of State

437. From Murphy. Madrid’s 626, March 15 to Department and Department’s 457, March 13, 9 p.m. and 475, March 17, 10 p.m.28 Following is my No. 40, March 20, 3 p.m. to Madrid in reply to Madrid’s 626 to Department:

“From Murphy. Your 32, March 15, midnight. Informed by High Command French refugee ship has left Gibraltar. French say March 31 is earliest date they can send vessel to Lagos to embark preferably minimum of 1,000 passengers. British Navy are endeavoring arrange earlier trip.

French financial authorities have been informed of procedure for acquiring pesetas against dollars transferred from account of Bank of Algiers to Instituto and they have telegraphed Malaise and French-American Banking Corporation in New York to consummate initial transaction for $100,000. Further sums will be transferred when necessary.

Department and Lisbon informed.[”]

  1. Telegram No. 475 not printed; it indicated that in reply to Department’s telegram to Madrid, quoted in telegram No. 457 to the Consul General at Algiers, the Ambassador in Spain had replied that Spanish Foreign Exchange Institute approved arrangement and had urged an immediate transfer of $500,000 from French funds in New York to the Institute’s account with the National City Bank (852.48/1446).