817.812/159: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Costa Rica ( Hale )

[Extract]

The Costa Rican Minister38 left Washington for Costa Rica quite suddenly on March first. The matters of importance to his Government with which he is probably charged are … and the Greulich oil concession.

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Confidential. … The Department not only perceives no reason why this concession should be facilitated but on the contrary several reasons why caution should be observed and no action taken by the Legation. Minister Quesada appears to have been approached by the American interests in whose behalf Crespi39 is apparently interested, and they appear to be worthy of confidence, but there is no reason why you should facilitate their concession when presented. Should your investigation reveal the alleged presence of British interests therein you will immediately advise the Department.

Lansing
  1. Manuel Castro Quesada, Minister from Costa Rica to the United States.
  2. See instruction of Mar. 25, infra.