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The Minister in Haiti ( Gordon ) to the Secretary of State

18. Department’s instruction No. 360 of February 4. Minister for Foreign Affairs5 this morning under instructions from the President sounded me out on the possibilities of signing the proposed new treaty terminating financial control. He said that with the opposition becoming increasingly active as the day of his second inauguration on May 15th approaches, the President would like to announce this last step in the attainment of total liberation.

I replied that the President already had very substantial concrete achievements to boast of and that the present moment, especially [Page 601] when he was seeking a loan on the American market, would be a most unfortunate one to raise the question. Amplifying despatch by air mail.

  1. Yrech Chetelain.