The Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mendes) to the American Minister in Portugal (South)26

No. 78/27

Mr. Minister: In reply to your note No. 384, of September 28, last, I have the honor to inform you that decree No. 20,333 of September 22, 1931, was suspended merely to make place for another act which may effect a more equitable distribution of the fuel subsidy.

As for the future reductions of the customs bonus, these are dependent upon the reconstruction of the long distance merchant fleet, on the [Page 652] basis of principles of collateral credit which are at present being studied by the Ministry of Marine.

I avail myself [etc.]

Cesar de Sousa Mendes
  1. Copy transmitted to the Department by the Minister in his despatch No. 742, October 29, 1932; received November 21.