The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul at Tegucigalpa ( Donald )58

Sir: You are requested to prepare a brief report upon the conditions which will affect the development of petroleum resources by foreigners in the country to which you are accredited.

The report should comprise—

Information as to legislation affecting the development of petroleum resources or affecting grants of concessions to foreigners. It is desirable to have copies of the laws if possible.
Information with regard to concessions now in force; with statements as to their provisions in detail, and as to the nationality of the persons or corporations holding them. Copies of these concessions should be furnished if possible, and if such copies have already been sent to the Department in previous despatches this fact should be stated.
Any information which can be furnished regarding existing oil deposits, and the extent to which these deposits are being worked at present.
General information in regard to the attitude of the Government towards the exploitation of petroleum deposits by foreign capital.

I am [etc.]

For the Acting Secretary of State:
Wilbur J. Carr
  1. The same, May 31, to the consular officers at Barranquilla (Colombia), Corinto (Nicaragua), Guatemala (Guatemala), Maracaibo (Venezuela), Port au Prince (Haiti), and Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic); and to the Chargé in Salvador. On May 29 to the consular officers at Habana (Cuba) and San José (Costa Rica).