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The Ambassador in Mexico (Daniels) to the Secretary of State

No. 1823

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s telegram No. 144 of September 29, 1934, 3 p.m. and to confirm my telegram No. 131 of [Page 397] October 2, 1934, 11 a.m.,18 concerning a proposed modus vivendi under which the Government of the United States and the Government of Mexico would grant reciprocally to each other most favored nation treatment in regard to the vessels and the raw and manufactured products of the other. There is transmitted herewith a copy of my letter of October 1, 193419 to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Doctor José Manuel Puig Casauranc, in which I summarize the information contained in the Department’s telegram above referred to.

Upon receiving my letter Doctor Puig stated that the possibility of Mexico receiving a tariff of 2¼¢ per pound on tomatoes imported into the United States from Mexico in place of the present duty of 30 per pound seemed well worth discussing. He also referred to that portion of my letter which stated that the Government of the United States could make no agreement with Mexico except in full compliance with the procedural and substantive provisions of the trade agreement acts of 1934, and said that this would appear to indicate that the negotiation of a modus vivendi covering this matter would have to be carried on under practically the same conditions as the negotiation of a reciprocal trade agreement between the two countries.

As reported in my telegram above referred to, Doctor Puig stated that he was sending by air mail this morning a translation of my letter of October 1, 1934 to Minister of Hacienda Marte R. Gómez, now in New York, and to Ambassador González Roa, with the suggestion that they take up the matter directly with the Department.

Respectfully yours,

Josephus Daniels
  1. Telegram No. 131 not printed.
  2. Not printed.