638.5131/49: Telegram

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

19. Your 37, May 21, noon. We spoke with the French Chargé d’Affaires about this matter today, pointing out that there appeared to be a satisfactory basis for a commercial agreement between France and Haiti on the lines of the avenant of last year, and stating that for Haiti to attempt to meet the present demands of the French Government would inevitably result in serious financial and economic disorder in Haiti, thereby destroying the progress obtained through the assistance of the United States in accordance with the 1915 Treaty36 in placing the finances of Haiti on a sound basis.

The Chargé d’Affaires said he would cable his Government.

  1. Signed September 16, 1915, Foreign Relation, 1915, p. 449.