The Secretary of State to the Minister in Haiti (Armour)

No. 186

Sir: There is transmitted herewith a copy of a letter dated July 10, 1934, from the Acting Secretary of the Navy,16 relating to the transfer to the Haitian Government of certain leases, buildings, equipment, supplies and materiel, the property of the United States located in Haiti.

It will be noted that the list of property set forth in the Navy Department’s letter is somewhat smaller than that contained in the lists referred to in the Department’s telegraphic instruction No. 51 of June 21, 1934. After checking these lists with the Navy Department’s letter, you will please report by telegraph whether in your judgment the property as listed in the Navy Department’s letter is adequate to cover the commitment made by President Roosevelt to President Vincent, and authorized in the law mentioned in the Department’s telegraphic instruction referred to above. It is noted in this connection that the three 37 mm saluting guns are not included in matériel listed in the Navy Department’s letter. Please discuss this with the Brigade Commander and submit, in the telegraphic report requested above, your recommendations with respect to including these three guns in the matériel to be transferred.

With reference to the last paragraph of the Navy Department’s letter, the Department is of the opinion that it should be possible to [Page 302] effect the transfer of the property and the assumption by the Haitian Government of the leases and easement mentioned by means of an exchange of notes between the Legation and the Haitian Government. Please discuss this immediately with the Haitian Government and advise by telegraph whether the suggested procedure is agreeable to that Government.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Sumner Welles
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