The Ambassador in Chile ( Culbertson ) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 16.]
Sir: With my despatch No. 1366 of January 25, 1933, I enclosed a copy of a Memorandum of January 24, 1933, in which I reviewed for the information of the new Foreign Minister, Mr. Cruchaga, many of the problems long outstanding between this mission and the Foreign Office. Since all of these matters have become hopelessly involved in delays, evasions and unfulfilled promises and we were making no progress I determined to adopt a different policy of dealing with the Foreign Office. Accordingly, instead of presenting these matters in a general way as has been the practice in the past in the expectation of achieving better results by informal instead of formal negotiation, I am now taking up the pending questions individually and asking in each instance for some specific action or decision. My viewpoint in this respect is set forth in Note No. 955 of February 3rd, 1933, a copy of which is enclosed for the Department’s information. At the same time I am transmitting copies of two other communications11 recently addressed to the Foreign Office seeking action or solutions in two issues that call for prompt attention. It is my expectation that after taking up these matters directly and personally with the Foreign Minister and having arrived at a decision as to what can be done he will then delegate the working out of the details to some member of his staff with whom we can deal directly in finally disposing of the matter.
- Notes Nos. 952 and 953, January 31. No. 952 is not printed; it asked for the release of the savings account to an American woman about to return to the United States. Despite representations by the Embassy she had been unable to obtain the release of her savings after 7 months of delay.↩