The Under Secretary of State (Welles) to the Secretary of State
My Dear Mr. Secretary: I am enclosing a copy of a memorandum of conversation between myself and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, and will appreciate it if the Department will give prompt study to this matter so that a decision can be reached as soon as feasible upon my return to Washington as to the best ways and means of proceeding to develop the work of economic cooperation with Ecuador. I believe the copy of the report to me by the Ambassador of Ecuador will be found in the Department’s files.9 The copy given to me here is being retained by Mr. Feis10 and will be brought by him to Washington.
I presume the Department will have copies of Mr. Fetter’s report.11
- See memorandum handed by the Ecuadoran Ambassador to Under Secretary of State Welles on May 23, supra.↩
- Herbert Feis, Adviser on International Economic Affairs.↩
- Report not printed. Frank Whitson Fetter, professor of economics at Haverford College, was sent to Ecuador in the summer of 1939 to make an economic and financial survey in behalf of the Government of the United States in connection with Ecuador’s request for financial assistance.↩
- Report of the Delegate of the United States of America to the Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the American Republics Held at Panamá September 23–October 3, 1939 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1940), pp. 33–39.↩
- In instruction No. 171, October 18, the Minister in Ecuador was informed that Atherton Lee and Charles L. Luedtke had been detailed by the President to assist the Ecuadoran Government for a period of about 1 month in the study of problems relating to the production and development of tropical products. Mr. Luedtke had made a previous agricultural survey on Ecuador in February–March 1939. (822.61A/13, 22)↩