832.24/275: Telegram

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

632. For the Under Secretary. Reference Department’s 421, December 4, 9 p.m. Aranha requests that the following statement be telegraphed to you:

“Dr. Aranha wishes to express his sincere appreciation for your efforts towards finding a favorable solution for the incident with Great Britain. President Getulio Vargas was much pleased when informed by Minister Aranha of the Department of State’s steps in favor of Brazil. It is another proof of the policy of intimate friendship and solidarity which binds our two countries. The Brazilian Ambassador in London73 communicated yesterday afternoon that ‘at the impossibility of obtaining a solution from the Blockade Ministry, Lord Halifax, wishing to give a proof of his good will to Brazil, will submit the matter to a council of ministers to be called shortly in an endeavor to find a formula which will solve the case without creating a precedent’. The public opinion in Brazil as reflected in the press is that of a country whose feelings of friendship toward Great Britain have been hurt by an unwarranted violation of its rights.”

  1. José Joaquim de Lima e Silva Moniz de Aragão.