The American Delegate (Braden) to the Secretary of State

No. 240

Sir: I have the honor to report that on September 15, 1936, it will again become the turn of the United States to appoint a Conference military observer in the Chaco, and I respectfully request that Major John A. Weeks, Military Attaché to the Embassy in Santiago, Chile, be designated for this task. …

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In view of the foregoing explanation, it is hoped that Major Weeks will be appointed for the September 15–November 15 period of duty as military observer in the Chaco. It would be preferable for him to proceed to his post via Buenos Aires so that he might discuss with Conference officials and with me certain matters relating to his work. To this end he should arrive here not later than September 7 in order to relieve his predecessor at Villa Montes, Bolivia, by September 15.

I would appreciate your cabling to me regarding Major Weeks’ appointment as soon as possible after the receipt of this despatch.

Respectfully yours,

Spruille Braden