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The Minister in Czechoslovakia ( Einstein ) to the Secretary of State

No. 1311

Sir: I have the honor to enclose herewith the copy of the Note11 containing the draft of the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Consular [Page 544] Rights submitted to the Czechoslovak Foreign Office. The Department will observe that it follows substantially the text of the explanation contained in its Instruction No. 453 of the 5th ultimo, omitting from this only such passages as did not seem to me conducive to its negotiation and which I presume were intended for my personal information.

Although I believe that Dr. Benes is sincerely desirous of signing a treaty with the United States and will expedite its negotiation to the best of his ability, I would not like the Department to be unduly hopeful as to any early date for its termination. The Czechoslovak internal administration has inherited a very cumbersome structure from the Austrian bureaucracy … A treaty of this kind, embracing many different subjects, will undoubtedly call for very critical examination on the part of the Ministries of Commerce, War, Social Welfare, Finance and Justice. I have already had occasion to note the meticulous delay in negotiating a simple treaty for extradition with officials from the Department of Justice.12 While I will endeavor to press for the negotiation of the present treaty I fear I can offer little hope for any substantial progress before a considerable period of time. …13

I have [etc.]

Lewis Einstein
  1. Not printed.
  2. Treaty of July 2, 1925; Foreign Relations, 1925, vol. ii, p. 32.
  3. Further negotiations did not result in the signing of a treaty.