The Secretary of State to the Ecuadoran Minister (Alfaro)

Sir: The receipt is acknowledged of your note No. 27, dated August 17, 1936, in which you request that the appropriate Department of this Government authorize Commander James Coe Van de [Page 536] Carr and Lieutenant Commander Carl Erling Hoard, U. S. Navy (Retired), to sign contracts with the Ecuadoran Government to act as instructors at the Naval School of Ecuador.

This Department has been informed by the Navy Department that the two officers mentioned were authorized to undertake the services referred to, and that the corresponding contracts were signed on August 19, 1936.

Accept [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Sumner Welles