611.3831/61: Telegram

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

81. Department’s telegram No. 68, July 26, 3 p.m. My idea in having De la Rue proceed August 2 was not only for commercial treaty negotiations but the importance of having him available during August for possible conference with National City Bank33 particularly during absence of Perkins34 and Lancaster35 in Europe. I have spoken to the Haitian Government on this latter phase and both the President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs feel he should be available for any discussion with bankers that may arise as a result of possible modifications in contract as well as to assist Blanchet later when our Government is ready to begin preliminary conversations looking towards commercial [Page 316] treaty. I hope the Department will therefore have no objection to his proceeding August 2. Please instruct.

  1. See pp. 339 ff.
  2. J. H. Perkins, Chairman of the Board of the National City Bank.
  3. William W. Lancaster, Counsel for the National City Bank.