The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Haiti ( Merrell )
35. Your telegram No. 48, August 31, 2 p.m. In the furtherance of Department’s treaty program it is very desirous of concluding a modus vivendi to be followed as soon as possible by general treaty with Haiti. This wish is in accord with Department’s policy toward all countries.
You are therefore instructed to show President Borno text of proposed modus vivendi which was transmitted to you in Department’s instruction No. 649 of August 10, and to ascertain his views. Should you find him seriously opposed to conclusion of such an agreement at present time you need not press matter further. It should be made clear to President Borno, however, that Department hopes he will feel that he can consider matter favorably at an early date.