838.00/2337: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Haiti ( Gross )


37. Your 53, June 25, 1 p.m. Although High Commissioner Russell discussed proposed amendments when he visited Department last May, Department did not express its approval of them, and was expecting to receive a final draft for its further consideration and study before their submission to the Council of State and their publication. This final draft was not received until after the amendments had been laid before Council of State and had been given to press.

Please express to President of Haiti regret of Department that present situation has arisen and that it earnestly desires to avoid causing him any personal embarrassment or unnecessary delay in the execution of desirable reforms. The Department is not able, however, to give its approval to amendment number 6, and holds belief that for reasons set forth in Department’s telegram No. 32, June 24, it should be given opportunity to study thoroughly other amendments and to indicate its opinion on them.