File No. 422.11G93/892

The Secretary of State to Minister Hartman


Legation’s September 12. Apparent procrastination by Ecuadorian Government appears to indicate that no definitive arrangement for loan is to be reached. Reverting to its original position, which has not in any way been altered by the hope that settlement by means of loan might be effected, this Government believes that Ecuador should resume forthwith the deposit of customs in accordance with terms of contract, which has been suspended primarily on account of financial difficulties consequent upon European war and more recently on account of loan negotiations.

You may communicate the substance of the above to the Government of Ecuador, in such manner as to leave no doubt as to the firmness and earnestness of this Government’s intentions.