832.51/852: Telegram

The Ambassador in Brazil (Gibson) to the Acting Secretary of State

6. Department’s 4, January 8, 6 p.m. Embassy has taken and is taking no part in Clark’s negotiations which in fact have not yet begun owing to unsettled political situation which left no responsible Ministry to deal with. He has not requested Embassy’s assistance except to transmit telegrams for account of Council of Bondholders (he having no codes) which seemed simplest and cheapest way for Embassy to keep the Department fully and currently advised of developments. Clark is keeping Embassy fully informed.

Clark is now preparing a telegram embodying his general conception of the problem as it presents itself. I feel it important that Bondholders Committee should have this and as it would obviously be unwise to send it in plain language I propose unless instructed to the contrary to forward it in code tomorrow.