The Ambassador in Brazil (Morgan) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received August 5.]
Sir: Referring to the efforts of the Central and South American Telegraph Company to obtain the registration by the Tribunal de Contas of a cable concession, which the Brazilian Government granted its representative, Mr. Frank Carney, on April 16th, 1919, and to secure also a concession from the same Government in the name of Mr. Carney for laying separate cables from Rio de Janeiro and Santos to the River Plate; referring, furthermore, to the Department’s cable instructions to this office of June 21st, 4 p.m., and to my cable reply of June 23rd, 3 p.m., on those subjects, I have the honor to report that a note relative to the American cable situation, a copy of which is enclosed, has been handed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs with the request that he transmit it to the Minister of Public Works, who has charge of telegraph concessions. In handing this note to Dr. da Gama, I again took occasion to draw his attention to the great importance of the matter to which it referred and to request him to exert himself, both with the Minister of Public Works and with the Tribunal de Contas, to secure the gratification of the Department’s wishes.
It would be improper for me to make direct representations to the Tribunal de Contas and I must leave negotiations with that court to the Brazilian Ministers and the representatives of the cable company. The latter believe that progress is being made and that there is reason to expect that the 1919 concession will be registered before long.
I have [etc.]
- Not found in Department files; probably a paraphrase of the Department’s telegram of June 21, p. 193.↩
- Not printed.↩
- Foreign Relations, 1918, p. 52.↩
- There is no diplomatic correspondence relating to these negotiations, which were carried on successfully by the company’s representatives with no special diplomatic support.↩