The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Belgium ( Morris )

No. 54

Sir: I have received your despatch No. 124 of February 12, 1934, with regard to the taxation of American firms in Belgium. I fully concur with the position which you have taken in this matter and I hope that you will continue to urge upon the Belgian Government that this taxation be abandoned. Should such a system of taxation be actually put into effect it could not, as you point out, do other than to drive many American firms out of the Belgian market. Please continue to keep me fully informed with regard to all the developments in this case.

I wish to commend you upon the excellence of this report and I hope that the Embassy will continue to keep me fully and currently advised of all Belgian restrictions affecting American trade.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Francis B. Sayre