The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Cuba ( Crowder )

No. 781

Sir: The Department refers to your despatches No. 1416 of May 7, 1926, and No. 1462 of June 10, 1926,9 relating to the proposal of the Cuban Government for a revision of the Reciprocity Convention of 1902.

The Department has received from the United States Tariff Commission a letter dated June 12, 1926,10 enclosing a memorandum on the subject. Two copies of this memorandum are enclosed.11 There would seem to be no objection to your handing a copy informally to an appropriate official of the Cuban Government should you at any time deem such action advisable.

The Department has not yet received final replies from the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture with which it has communicated on this subject. Meantime the proposals of the Cuban Government [Page 18] continue to receive careful consideration. It is desired that facts and arguments on both sides which throw light upon the question whether the convention of 1902 is indeed reciprocal in its actual operation be examined in the most cordial spirit by the two Governments concerned.

I am [etc.]

Leland Harrison
  1. Latter not printed.
  2. Not printed.
  3. Not printed. The final report of the Tariff Commission was printed as The Effects of the Cuban Reciprocity Treaty of 1902 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1929).