The Third Secretary of Legation in Haiti (Drew) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 12.]
Sir: I have the honor to enclose herewith copies and translations of a draft note from the Haitian Foreign Office forwarding to the Legation the proposed text of a note modifying the provisions of Articles I, II and V of the Accord of August 7, 1933.
The proposed note will have the effect of placing into force the informal agreement reached between President Roosevelt and President Vincent in their conversations at Cape Haitian on July 5 for the complete Haitianization of the Garde d’Haiti on August 1, 1934, and the withdrawal of the Marine Forces now in Haiti within the following fortnight.
The text of the Haitian Government’s note has been submitted to the Commandant of the Garde d’ Haiti and the Director of the American Scientific Mission and meets with their approval. M. Laleau,13 in handing the draft note to me this morning, expressed the hope that a prompt reply could be received from the Department so as to permit the proposed exchange of notes to be effected at as early a date as possible. It is respectfully requested that the Department telegraph the Legation authorization for the exchange of notes together with any changes in the text thereof which may be necessary.
For the information of the Department, I have the honor to enclose copies of the communiqué issued by the Haitian Government following the conversations of July 5 at Cape Haitian. While the communiqué was originally drafted by the Foreign Office, certain necessary changes in the text thereof were made by the Legation prior to submitting it to the President. The President personally inserted the words appearing at the end of the second paragraph, “a fortnight later,” instead of, “on August 15, 1934,” as originally provided, with the understanding that this expression when rendered into French would furnish a certain latitude with regard to the date of final evacuation. The revised communiqué proved acceptable to President [Page 299] Vincent and was published by the Government in the form of a communiqué in the semi official Haiti-Journal with the English text appearing as the original and the French text given as a translation.
The Commandant of the Garde d’Haiti informs the Legation that plans are being completed for the carrying out of the new arrangement and the Director of the American Scientific Mission has indicated his intention of turning over his service to the Haitian Government as of the same date, August 1. It has been learned informally that the First Brigade has received no information from the Navy Department concerning the date when transports or other vessels will be furnished to evacuate the members of that organization.