832.24/261: Telegram

The Chargé in Brazil ( Burdett ) to the Secretary of State

606. For the Under Secretary. Reference your telegram No. 408, November 25, 4 p.m. Your telegram was communicated to Aranha tonight. He requested me to convey his personal deep appreciation of the efforts you and Ambassador Caffery have put forth in his behalf. He said that he was doing everything possible to keep the incident on a conciliatory plane and that he hoped Great Britain would understand Brazil’s position.

He will study your message overnight and will cable you his comments tomorrow. In the meantime he can give assurance that Brazil does not propose to transport further shipments of military material without a previous understanding with Great Britain. He has added this to his note to be presented in London tomorrow.

He has also added to the note the explanation that the military material forming part of the German order and already delivered in Brazil did not exceed in value the sum of £335,000 [£732,000].

Aranha gave further assurance that the payment for the Siqueira Campos shipment has already been made and states that the receipts are held by his Government.