The Brazilian Ambassador (Lima e Silva) to the Acting Secretary of State
My Dear Secretary of State: Thank you very much for your letter.
As I have had occasion to say to you, my Government sees no objection whatever to our conversing regarding the possibility of the conclusion of a commercial agreement.
Such conversations, however, would be merely for the purpose of exploring the ground, and would not have the character of a formal negotiation.[Page 16]
It would desire further that the American Government suggest to it the bases on which the said agreement would rest, in order to make a better and more detailed examination of the subject.
I avail myself [etc.]