811.7331A15/26

The President of All America Cables, Inc. (Merrill), to the Secretary of State

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that the Venezuelan Government has given its consent to the operation by All America Cables of the Antilles system of the Compagnie Française des Cables Télégraphiques in so far as communication with the Republic of Venezuela is concerned. All America Cables hopes to take over the operation of this system in Venezuela at an early date.

Mr. Pirie, a Vice President of this Company, who conducted the negotiations at Caracas on behalf of All America Cables, has written [Page 859]to express his appreciation of the co–operation and assistance which he received at all times from the American Chargé d’Affaires, Mr. C. Van H. Engert, and I shall be greatly obliged if you will be good enough to convey to Mr. Engert an expression of my thanks and appreciation for his most valuable assistance.

I am [etc.]

J. L. Merrill