836.48 1930 Hurricane/75

President Trujillo to President Hoover20


Mr. President: I have the honor to address this letter to you in order to fulfil a duty which gives me the greatest satisfaction, namely that of expressing to you in this way,—as it is not possible for me to do so personally because I cannot leave my country under the present circumstances,—the profound and sincere gratitude of my Government and of the whole Dominican people for the efficient aid and timely cooperation and assistance received from the Government and the great people of the United States of America from the first moment of the terrible catastrophe which, on the third of the present month, virtually destroyed this city.

I desire to avail myself of the opportunity to refer especially to Your Excellency’s happy thought in sending to me Mr. Ernest J. Swift, Director of Foreign Relations of the American Red Cross, whose very eminent services, rendered with the greatest efficiency, have deserved the most loyal and sincere gratitude of the Dominican Government and people.

Mr. Swift leaves in Santo Domingo an enduring memory of his noble services.

I beg [etc.]

Rafael L. Trujillo
  1. Received in the Department of State about October 14.