The Chargé in Estonia (Leonard) to the Secretary of State

No. 458

Sir: I have the honor to refer to my despatch No. 443 of May 14, 1938,13 relative to the continuation in force of the existing Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Consular Rights with Estonia, in which I indicated that I was unable to say what effect the passing away of Mr. Wirgo14 and the recent changes in the Estonian Government would have upon possible treaty negotiations with the United States. [Page 253]I also indicated that I hoped to have opportunity to speak with the new officials soon.

In calling upon Mr. Sepp (May 27th), the newly appointed Minister for Economic Affairs, he expressed himself as desirous of maintaining good trade relations with the United States and he stated that above all Estonia wished to keep the good will of the United States in its treaty relations. However, he was not acquainted with the progress made so far in preliminary conversations, for Minister Sepp has been in Riga during the past three years, until he was recently appointed Minister for Economic Affairs.

I also called on Mr. Tuhk, Director of the Trade Division in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and after going over the situation with him it was apparent that no essential change had taken place in the attitude of the Estonian authorities from that reported by me in despatch No. 387 of February 19, 1938.

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Respectfully yours,

Walter A. Leonard
  1. Not printed.
  2. Mr. Wirgo died at Tallinn on April 28, 1938.