832.24/267: Telegram

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

617. For the Under Secretary. My 612, November 27, 11 a.m. A member of the Embassy staff saw General Goes Monteiro66 this afternoon. The General was extremely agitated about the Siqueira Campos. He spoke of reprisals against British commercial interests here. He said that he was purposely withholding the information on this case from the Brazilian people because he felt that they would be so incensed they would “retaliate on British commercial establishments as they did on the Germans after diplomatic relations with Germany were broken off in the last war.” He said the Germans are fully aware of the present incident. He also spoke with vehemence of the detention of the Brazilian steamship Buarque off the West Indies by the British.

He said, “Please convey my heartfelt gratitude to the Under Secretary, General Marshall and Ambassador Caffery for the splendid help they are giving us”.

  1. Chief of Staff of the Brazilian Army.