838.51/2805: Telegram

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

12. Department’s telegram No. 6, February 14, 5 p.m. As stated in the Legation’s air mail despatch No. 261 of February 1462 the present arrangement of the Haitian Government is to have De la Rue sail for the United States February 22 to explore the possibilities of a refunding loan. He will, however, proceed directly to Washington and put himself in touch with the Haitian Minister to whom instructions have been sent and who will be prepared to open negotiations with the fiscal agents if and when matters have reached that stage.

I now feel, and hope the Department will agree, that this procedure represents the most practicable one, as it would seem essential for the best interests of all concerned that someone with De la Rue’s knowledge should be on hand to advise Blanchet who will, however, be in a position to make clear the desires of the Haitian Government with regard to a refunding loan and the terms which they are prepared to offer to obtain it.

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