File No. 862.85/184

The Ambassador in Chile ( Shea ) to the Secretary of State


I was invited to the Moneda late yesterday afternoon to discuss with the President my note to the Foreign Office requesting agreement with respect to arrival of German vessels taken over by the United States as directed by your cipher telegram of October 6, 5 p.m. … within two hours time there was delivered to the Embassy a note verbale of the following tenor:

In answer to the Embassy’s note No. 100 of the 8th instant1 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile assures the most excellent Ambassador of the United States that the vessels to which reference is made in his above-mentioned communication may come to our ports sure to find therein the facilities and guarantees which are solicited and which the Government of Chile is glad to give.

My judgment is that the references in this note to the subject matter of my note and the specific guarantees therein requested under ordinary circumstances make a complete contract.

  1. Not printed.