439.11c Colom, Eduardo/4e

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the Dominican Republic (Brown)

No. 272

Sir: The receipt is acknowledged of the Legation’s confidential despatch No. 1807 of August 8, 1934, with further reference to a claim in the amount of $5,000 against the Dominican Government for the murder of Eduardo Colom y Piris. Note is made of the statement regarding the difficulties that have been encountered in obtaining a settlement of this case.

Without in anywise compromising the Minister of Foreign Affairs, would it be possible for you discreetly to ascertain the basis for the supposed attitude of President Trujillo in regard to this case, in order that consideration might be given to a practicable means of meeting the situation. In the meantime, it would seen desirable to press for a settlement of the claim upon every favorable opportunity.

In this relation reference is made to a conversation between Assistant Secretary Welles and Señor Don Rafael Brache, Minister of Finance, at the time of his visit to the Department a few weeks ago, in which Señor Brache assured Mr. Welles that immediate and favorable action would be taken on this claim by the Dominican Government, and you might discreetly mention this to the Minister of Foreign Affairs when discussing this case.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Sumner Welles