The Secretary of State to the Minister in Nicaragua (Lane)

No. 256

Sir: With reference to your telegram No. 34, of April 30, 8 p.m., and previous correspondence on the same subject, the Department wishes to commend you for the discreet and effective manner in which [Page 855] you rendered assistance in the recent emergency in Nicaragua. It is believed that your wise and friendly counsel aided materially in preventing the development of a situation of great danger to Nicaragua, which might likewise prejudice American interests in that country.

In this connection the Department approves of your action as described on page five of your despatch No. 810 of April 23, 1935,62 in declining to convene the diplomatic corps in Managua for the purpose of engaging in concerted diplomatic action in the emergency referred to.63 The Department has the opinion, which you doubtless share, that except perhaps in a very great emergency, the circumstances of which do not permit of consultation, you should not participate in concerted diplomatic action without specific instructions from the Department.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Sumner Welles
  1. Not printed.
  2. Such a meeting had been suggested by the Minister of El Salvador.