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The Minister in Venezuela (Nicholson) to the Secretary of State

68. Department’s 46, October 5, 7 p.m. I have again set forth the Department’s views to the Foreign Minister, who received me in a special interview this afternoon, despite his illness. He is continuing his conversations with the Minister of Finance and will arrange for me to see the latter tomorrow, after which he will seek an appointment for me with the President, if I desire him to do so.

The Legation is sparing no effort to emphasize the considerations set forth by the Department, but various political aspects make results problematical. I doubt whether the President would be able to exercise a decisive influence in this matter, while the ability of the Foreign Minister to prevail over the attitude of the Minister of Finance is also subject to question.