File No. 641.326

The Ambassador in Brazil ( Morgan) to the Secretary of State


Brazilian Government endeavoring to persuade British Government to remove prohibition on importation of coffee to Great Britain, which latter declines to remove on the ground that all available shipping space is needed for food necessities and that England has a sufficient supply of coffee for five years. Though Brazilian Government does not expect that the amount of coffee exported to England will be greatly increased, it desires prohibition be lifted for local political reasons and to prevent German sympathizers from utilizing disadvantageously to the Allied cause in Brazil the embargo of Brazil’s chief export and source of wealth at the moment Brazil is prepared to support the cause of the Allies.

Brazilian Government is unwilling to revoke neutrality decrees affecting the Allies until England takes favorable action. Foreign Office will sincerely appreciate the good offices of the American Government.