611.6231/776: Telegram

The Chargé in Germany (Mayer) to the Secretary of State

187. Reichsbank Director Brinkmann, one of Schacht’s principal advisers in Ministry of Economics, and Ministerialrat Ludwig Imhoff, specialist in American affairs in that Ministry, expect to sail for New York on the steamer Bremen from Hamburg, June 29th, accompanied by stenographer Dietermann. In requesting letters to American customs officers for Brinkmann and Imhoff today, Foreign Office communication stated they were going on official business of the German Ministry of Economics for the purpose of trade negotiations.

I understand unofficially that Brinkmann is supplied with full powers to discuss recent Treasury decision and to conclude some arrangement with the competent American authorities looking towards maintenance of present trade. Please see my 176, June 12, noon and 179, June 13, 2 p.m.