835.512 Insurance Tax/10

The Chargé in Argentina (White) to the Acting Secretary of State

No. 2172

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s telegram No. 57 of July 21, 4 p.m., and to state that I took up this matter with the Foreign Minister on the 25th and presented him with a brief memorandum which he stated he would transmit to the Interim Minister of Finance. It is probable that I shall endeavor to see the latter next week but have been waiting to take this step for the preparation of further memoranda by the local insurance companies and also for the presentation of similar remonstrances by other diplomatic missions. The Dutch have already received instructions to present a protest. It is probable that the British will likewise do so shortly. The French Embassy and the German Legation are, I gather, interested.

Referring to the Department’s telegraphic instruction No. 58 of July 28, 2 p.m.,55 to accelerate a reply, I would respectfully state that all these representations will add momentum to the movement; and inasmuch as the object is to postpone indefinitely the imposition of the tax, any delay in making a reply on the part of the Argentine Government should not prejudice the case.

Respectfully yours,

J. C. White
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