File No. 839.51/1473.

Minister Sullivan to the Secretary of State.


Dominican Government has attempted removal of deputy receivers long in service. Baxter has accepted one, but not others on ground that the political appointments to service without his approval will destroy efficiency. Baxter asks me to lay before State Department wisdom of taking receivership out of politics at once and that Dominican Government recognize civil service rules by receiver for Dominican employees; that no appointments be made in customs service without the consent of receiver, such stand being justified by convention and existing agreement with Jiménes Government. I agree with Baxter’s position. Financial expert’s statement shows a present deficit from September to January of nearly half a million dollars.