Memorandum by the Acting Secretary of State (Phillips)

The Portuguese Chargé d’Affaires called to say that the new Minister, Dr. Bianchi, had been instructed by his Government to proceed at once to Washington, in order to open the conversations concerning a reciprocal trade agreement with Portugal; the Chargé d’Affaires did not know the date of the Minister’s arrival, but thought it might be as early as the 10th of August or even earlier.

I gave Mr. da Silva the President’s plans and said that I expected that the President would be in Washington between the 5th and 12th of August, at which time, presumably, he would be able to receive the new Minister.

William Phillips