Messersmith, G.S., Havana. To Philip Bonsal, Washington.
University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press
Has considered Bonsal's suggestion that despatch No. 1505 be withheld from Department's files and that another despatch be substituted covering whole recent Cuban incident; believes the series of despatches beginning with Feb. 1 tells the story accurately as it occurred; seeming inconsistencies such as Army's switch in support from [Jose] Pedraza to Batista were part of the drama, and picture not complete without them; would prefer to let record stand as it is; reason for marking No. 1505 for limited circulation was the mention of [Domingo] Ramos as source of information; might be unfavorable developments for Ramos if it were known in Cuba; position of Ramos stronger as result of events; he is now instrument through which President handles all matters relating to armed forces; received telegram from Pedraza after his arrival in Miami expressing appreciation for help given him and family in getting away; this was done with knowledge and approval of Cuban Government; everyone in Cuba, except Communists, seems satisfied with turn of events.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.