The Ambassador in Mexico (Messersmith) to the Secretary of State
[Received May 16—3:33 a.m.]
381. Before leaving Mexico tonight for Buenos Aires40 I wish to emphasize what I said in Washington in early April with regard to the needs of Mexico for wheat and corn. I wish to recall that I stated to the President and to the Secretary and to Secretary Anderson, Secretary Wallace, and to Assistant Secretaries Clayton and Braden that if Mexico does not receive a minimum of 1,200,000 bushels of wheat per month thru July, grave economic situations will develop in this country which will in the course of a few months inescapably lead to political disorder and lead to a deterioration of our relationships with this country which will inevitably affect our relationships with the rest of the Americas. I stated at the time that I realized the world needs with respect to wheat, but that I did not believe the American people would forgive our Government for creating a situation which would develop in economic disasters and political disorders on our border.
The info which I have so far is to the effect that the allocations and deliveries are well below the rate of 1,200,000 bushels per month thru May, and I feel it my duty to again bring this situation to the attention of the Department, and I would appreciate the President being sent a copy of this telegram as well as Secretary Anderson.41