838.51/3393: Telegram

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

29. Your 47, July 17, 1 p.m. In response to a personal telegram from the Under Secretary requesting that Ambassador Bullitt,85 if favorable opportunity should arise, express to Delbos86 our difficulty in understanding the insistence of the French Government in obtaining an additional settlement on the 1910 Haitian loan as a condition precedent to the granting of a reasonable quota for Haitian coffee, Mr. Bullitt cabled as follows:

“I spoke to Delbos in the presence of both Chautemps87 and Blum88 with regard to the attitude of the French Government toward Haiti.

Delbos said that he knew nothing whatsoever about the matter; that it had never even been mentioned to him. He promised to inform himself immediately and asserted as did Chautemps that the French Government would desire to do everything possible to meet the wishes of our Government in any matter concerning Haiti.

I shall discuss the question with Delbos at our next meeting.”

  1. William C. Bullitt, Ambassador in France.
  2. Yvon Delbos, French Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  3. Camille Chautemps, French Minister of State.
  4. Leon Blum, French President of the Council of Ministers.