The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Mexico (Sheffield)
376. Your 516, December 22, 11 A.M. I understand some of the companies have asked for an extension of time for filing applications for confirmatory concessions for purpose of taking up negotiations with a view to adjusting all the questions in dispute between them and the Mexican Government.
In view of Minister of Foreign Affairs’ suggestion that pending difficulties be adjusted, if you deem it wise you may inform Minister that I am assured that such negotiations for adjustment will be taken up by the oil companies but as a necessary prerequisite that the time for application for confirmation of oil rights must be extended by the Congress before its adjournment.
A legally valid extension of time is considered by the companies and the Department as a possible method of meeting present crisis presented by the Petroleum Law.
As time is very important, please give this immediate attention and telegraph reply stating whether such extension prior to negotiation may be relied upon.