838.51/3415: Telegram

The Ambassador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State91

1128. Your 409, August 4, 4 p.m.90 Cochran92 discussed the Haitian loan question with Bargeton93 and De Cloux94 at the Foreign Office yesterday. Bargeton stated that French information with regard to the withdrawal of the Haitian offer of settlement was by no means so definite as the American report. He recalled to Cochran the difficulties [Page 584]which had been experienced in the past through the French and American Governments receiving varying statements from Haitian officials. He said he could make no reply immediately since further information would have to be sought from Haiti and various French experts consulted.

In reply to Cochran’s argument that the commercial treaty should be handled entirely apart from the 1910 bond matter, De Cloux mentioned the possibility of extending perhaps in a somewhat modified form the provisional trade arrangement with Haiti which expires August 31.

  1. Text of this telegram was transmitted to the Chargé in Haiti in Department’s No. 34, August 7, 4 p.m.
  2. Not printed.
  3. H. Merle Cochran, First Secretary of Embassy.
  4. Paul Pierre Louis Bargeton, Director of Political and Economic Affairs.
  5. Andre Leon DeCloux, attached to the American Section of the Office of Political and Economic Affairs.