The Under Secretary of State ( Welles ) to the Ambassador in Cuba ( Braden )

Dear Spruille: I have been in communication with Donald Nelson regarding the water supply and sewage disposal projects for Santiago and Guantánamo, and I have just received a letter7 from him indicating that the War Production Board, having studied the projects and discussed them with Ing. Montoulieu, is prepared to grant ratings which will permit the work to be undertaken. Certain of the most critical items will have to be deferred, but Montoulieu is satisfied that these can be worked into a satisfactory schedule of operations. I attach for your information a copy of Mr. Nelson’s letter.

I am happy that we are thus going to be able to move forward with these two projects which are so important to President Batista, and I request that you inform President Batista personally in my name that decision has been taken which will permit the execution of these projects.

Believe me [etc.]

Sumner Welles
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