031 Byrd South Polar Expedition/45

The Consul General at Wellington (Lowrie) to the Secretary of State

No. 592

Sir: I have the honor to refer to my Despatch No. 582, November 16, 1928,83 and to enclose copy of a note received from the Minister of Internal Affairs, for the Prime Minister, concerning Government assistance to Commander Byrd and the Antarctic Expedition.

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Occasion is taken to enclose also a copy of a note from Commander Byrd dated Dunedin, November 28th,84 concerning the cooperation of this office during his stay in the Dominion.

Commander Byrd and members of the Expedition have made a splendid impression on the public of New Zealand and have increased materially the prestige of the United States in this country.

I have [etc.]

W. L. Lowrib

The New Zealand Minister of Internal Affairs (Pomare) to the American Consul General at Wellington (Lowrie)

Dear Sir: The Prime Minister has referred to me your letter of the 15th instant relative to the visit of Commander Byrd and members of his Antarctic Expedition.

In regard to the wish expressed by your Department of State that such assistance, as may be practicable, be extended to the Expedition, I have to say that the Government has been pleased to extend courtesies and the thanks of the Commander, as expressed by you, are appreciated.

The inability of Commander Byrd and those closely associated with him to spare time to visit many interesting places in the Dominion is regretted but it is hoped that this may be remedied on the return of the Expedition to New Zealand.

Yours faithfully,

M. Pomare
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