The Ambassador in Brazil ( Morgan ) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received June 5.]
Sir: The two enclosures to this despatch contain a translation of the portion of the Annual Message to Congress, delivered on May 3rd, of the Acting-President of Brazil,16 relative to the construction of a new naval base and the summary of an interview on that subject which the Minister of Marine gave a representative of the Jornal do Brazil subsequent to the publication of the said message.
These two extracts indicate that the construction of the arsenal is one in which the Government is deeply interested. This is relative to the proposal of Vickers-Armstrong, a translation of which was forwarded to the Department in my despatch No. 1324 of July 22nd, 1918, and which the Department subsequently informed me had been handed to the Bethlehem Steel Company for study.[Page 215]
If American corporations intend to take part in this construction they should lose no time in giving the matter their earnest attention. The presence in Brazil of Mr. William S. Barclay, the representative of the Federation of British Industries, is undoubtedly connected with the Vickers-Armstrong proposition from which we may expect to hear again at any moment.
I have [etc.]
- Dr. Epitacio da Silva Pessôa.↩