The Department of State to the British Embassy


A copy of the British Embassy’s memorandum of September 25, 1941 on the subject of rubber purchases in Thailand has been furnished to the Rubber Reserve Company which has requested the Department to inform the British Embassy that all of the terms of the Embassy’s memorandum are approved by the Rubber Reserve Company with the exception that the Reserve Company prefers that the East Asiatic Company act as the agent of the British Government alone and that the Reserve Company purchase from the British Government at cost one-half of the rubber acquired by it.

The Department accordingly proposes to telegraph to the Minister of the United States at Bangkok informing him of the proposed buying arrangements, suggesting that emphasis be laid on the confidential nature of the communication and requesting that the Thai Government be not informed of the price limit of 30 cents per pound.