The Secretary of State to the Minister in Venezuela (Nicholson)
45. Your 66, September 24, 3 p.m. The Department notes your opinion that it is doubtful that the proposed Venezuelan tariff legislation [Page 972] can be postponed. The Department earnestly hopes, however, that the Venezuelan Congress will decide to omit the decisive increases proposed on typical American export products such as those mentioned in paragraph 2 of the memorandum which you left with the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Department cannot judge whether further representations would be of avail but if you believe that such action would be advisable you are of course authorized again to take up the matter with the Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs and to point out to him the adverse effect that decisive tariff increases on American export products would have on Venezuelan trade relations with the United States.