File No. 862.85/201

The Minister in Uruguay ( Jeffery ) to the Secretary of State


The French Minister here showed me telegram to-day from the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, quoting the French Ambassador in Washington as follows: “Mr. Polk of State Department advises me that the United States Government is in no position to recommend that French sign an arbitration treaty with Uruguay.” [Page 357] As agreement for arbitration treaty has already been reached between France and Uruguay, I have thought some mistake may have occurred in transmission of this message. Will Department advise me in this connection so that position of the United States Government may not be misunderstood here?