412.11 Oil/27

The Secretary of State to the President of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (Farish)

My Dear Mr. Farish: I have received your two letters of December 29, 1941,34 regarding the forthcoming evaluation proceedings established by the exchange of notes on November 19, 1941, between the Governments of the United States and Mexico whereby each of those Governments has appointed an expert whose duty it shall be to determine the just compensation to be paid the nationals of the United States of America whose properties, rights or interests in the petroleum industry in the United Mexican States were affected to their detriment by acts of the Government of Mexico subsequent to March 17, 1938.

I am sincerely appreciative of the cooperative position taken by the Company as set forth in your communications under acknowledgement.

Mr. Morris Llewellyn Cooke, the American expert designated by the President of the United States, has been fully informed by the Department of its views and policies with regard to the compensation due from the Mexican Government to the affected nationals of the United States.

Mr. Cooke is leaving tonight for Mexico City for exploratory conversations with the Mexican expert. He has informed the Department that he does not contemplate holding any formal hearings while in Mexico but that upon his return to the United States towards the end of January he would welcome full conversations with you and the presentation by you of any data or representations you may care to submit. If, under these circumstances, however, you desire to have any of your representatives call upon Mr. Cooke for informal discussions, he will be glad to receive them, in Mexico.

Sincerely yours,

Cordell Hull
  1. One of these letters not printed.