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Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State (White)

Mr. Espil called and told me that a telegram regarding the manifesto which Argentina wanted Brazil, Chile and Peru to join with them was being decoded; that as soon as this was done he would send me a copy,18 and that in the meantime he had received two other cables, one asking him to try to get the Neutral Commission to urge the Brazilian Government to join with it, and the other stating that the matter of a declaration that the nations of this hemisphere would not recognize any conquest made by Paraguay and Bolivia now appealed very strongly to the Argentine Government, but that it hesitated to take the initiative in making the suggestion unless it knew that Brazil, Chile and Peru, at least, would also join in, feeling that should it be known that Argentina had taken the initiative in the matter and the other countries had not joined them, it would put Argentina in a very difficult position vis-à-vis the Bolivian Government.

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