033.1132/12a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Brazil (Morgan)

58. The President has directed the Secretary of State to visit Brazil as the representative of the Government of the United States to return the visit to this country of President Pessoa. It is important, because of matters requiring the Secretary’s presence in the United States before the beginning of the new year, that arrangements be made for the visit to take place during the month of November.

Please inform the Brazilian Government of the designation of the Secretary of State to repay the visit of President Pessoa, and state that the Secretary welcomes this opportunity of visiting Brazil and of meeting the President, the members of the Government, and the public men under whose guidance Brazil has attained such a high place among the nations of the world. The Secretary believes that the mutual understanding which will thereby ensue will make still closer the exceptional relations of friendship existing between the two nations.

Ascertain whether the visit of the Secretary of State at the time indicated would be agreeable to the Government of Brazil. Please request that the matter be kept confidential until public announcement of the Secretary’s visit is made in Washington.

It is the intention of the Secretary, upon the termination of his stay in Brazil, which of necessity must be brief, to proceed to Montevideo to return the visit of President Brum, and to make later an official visit to Argentina before returning to the United States. It would therefore be embarrassing to have announcement of the Secretary’s visit published in Brazil before the Governments of Argentina and Uruguay have been notified.

Cable reply as soon as possible.