The British Ambassador (Howard) to the Secretary of State

No. 481

Sir: With reference to Mr. Cotton’s note No. 701.48a11/19 of the 6th instant, I have the honour to inform you, at the instance of His Majesty’s Government in the Union of South Africa and under instructions from His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, that His Majesty’s Government in the Union of South Africa have learnt with pleasure that the appointment of Mr. Eric Louw as their diplomatic representative would be acceptable to the United States Government, and, further, that they would highly appreciate and warmly welcome the establishment of a United States Legation in the Union of South Africa.

I have [etc.]

Esme Howard

[Mr. Louw presented his letters of credence to the President on November 5, 1929.

On December 19, 1929, Mr. Ralph J. Totten, American Consul General at Cape Town, was also appointed Minister Resident in the Union of South Africa. The Legation remained temporarily at Cape Town in order to function for the time being both as Consulate General and in the diplomatic capacity. On June 20, 1930, Mr. Totten was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary and the Legation was removed to Pretoria.]