611.2531/157

The Ambassador in Chile ( Philip ) to the Secretary of State

No. 180

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s instruction No. 72 of the 2nd instant relative to the assurances by the Chilean Government as to the temporary validity of its modus vivendi of September 28, 1931, with the United States.

The Department kindly embodies a draft of a note to the Chilean Foreign Office confirming the latter’s memorandum of February 19, 1936,18 which it suggests the advisability of delivering as a means of completing the understanding in the matter.

In view of the fact that the assurances of the Foreign Office have been unreservedly and frankly advanced, I have thought it best not to make use of the Department’s draft for the present. It has seemed to me that such action might give rise to a possible misunderstanding at the Foreign Office.

In the meantime, I will proceed with the matter of the draft modus vivendi furnished me by the Department in its instruction No. 69 of [Page 322] March 26th as soon as the Minister for Foreign Affairs has recovered from an indisposition which has kept him away from his ministry for some ten days past.

Respectfully yours,

Hoffman Philip
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