Memorandum of Conversation, by the Adviser on Political Relations (Duggan)


The Minister of Bolivia came in to state that he had written his Government by air mail asking permission for him to return to Bolivia for a brief consultation. If permission is granted he intends to leave the United States on December 15, arriving in La Paz about January 3. He would leave La Paz at the end of January, arriving [Page 428] in Washington about the time that he hopes the first of Mr. Bohan’s53 reports will be submitted.

The Minister stated that prior to his departure he would like to clear up a number of matters of pending business.

1. He said that the lend-lease contract with Bolivia had not been signed due to the fact that the Department was taking up with the War Department the possibility of increasing Bolivia’s total allocation from $8,000,000 to $11,000,000. I told the Minister that the Department had just heard from the War Department that the increase desired had been granted, so that there was now no reason why the lend-lease contract could not be signed at once.

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Laurence Duggan
  1. Merwin L. Bohan, Chief of the United States Economic Mission to Bolivia.