812.6363/1253

The Chief of the Division of Mexican Affairs, Department of State ( Hanna ) to the Secretary of State

[Extract]

Dear Mr. Secretary: Mr. Summerlin writes as follows in a private letter to me dated October 19:

“Mr. de la Huerta seems to be the prime mover in having an organic law on petroleum drawn up. … The draft has already been subject to many changes and will continue to be. I have promised Pani a copy of the latest draft I have … and he has promised to let me know if it is official.

“Again, last night, Pani said that they would welcome ‘honest criticism’ (these are my words put into his mouth) of the proposed law. However, as I see it, why should we devote time and ammunition on drafts that are being changed daily? I have made a personal request of Pani for an official copy of the proposed law.

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M[atthew] E. H[anna]