File No. 832.85/22

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


Your September 4, 6 p.m.,3 and September 9, 12 noon. In discussing matter of German merchant vessels with Vice President of Brazil you may say that you have been instructed to call attention to the many difficulties which would arise from transfer of these vessels as contemplated to Brazilian flag, pointing out desire of this Government as sincere friend of Brazil that any embarrassment to that Government in this connection be avoided. You may add that such arrangements as suggested in Department’s August 29, 5 p.m., would avoid all complications.

The British Government has asked Department whether, in event transfer of flag were made, American cruiser force would capture vessels. Department has avoided making any reply to this inquiry. It is desired that you continue your efforts with Brazilian Government along the lines being pursued by you.

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