611.3831/152: Telegram

The Chargé in Haiti (Chapin) to the Secretary of State

20. Referring to Department’s telegram No. 8, March 20, 11 a.m. In his final interview yesterday Mr. Armour took up the several points of the telegram with President Vincent who expressed himself as delighted with its contents. The President stated that he had drafted a telegram to Blanchet instructing him to apprise Department that the Haitian Senate is now prepared to vote approval of the bank purchase contract, but is awaiting definite commitments from National City Bank that for its own part it will stand by contract of May 12, 1934.

At Minister’s suggestion since President Vincent expressed himself in accord with Department’s views on trade agreement President added paragraph instructing Blanchet to sign agreement as now drafted. Meanwhile Haitian Government is delaying response to French commercial demands.19


[For text of reciprocal trade agreement between the United States and Haiti, signed March 28, 1935, see Department of State Executive Agreement Series No. 78, or 49 Stat. 3737.]

  1. See section concerning the Franco-Haitian agreement below.