611.3331/391: Telegram

The Chargé in Uruguay (Chapin) to the Secretary of State

236. Department’s telegram No. 69, April 30, 7 p.m. and my telephone conversation with Hawkins of May 10.31 Confidential note has just been received from Foreign Office in reply to my memorandum of May 2 transmitting a list of products upon which the United States would be disposed to make concessions to Uruguay. The Uruguayan Foreign Office suggests that linseed oil be retained on the list and in addition to other articles on the list consideration be given with respect to the following items: turkeys, canned mutton, tanned leather, dried and pickled lamb skins, eggs, bird seed, citrus fruits, fine wools, shoes.

In the Legation’s opinion Uruguay is not justified in asking for special consideration on many of these items since exports are negligible and in any case this country could hardly be considered as an important source of supply.

The Department, however, may wish to give some consideration to the following items: fine wools, bird seed, canned mutton, dried and pickled lamb skins and certain grades in leathers.

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It is obvious that Uruguay is including in its list practically all items which it makes any pretense to export. In view of the fact, however, that the request has been tendered through official channels Glover and I feel that it is undesirable to give the appearance of rejecting any part thereof offhand, and I would be grateful for the Department’s instructions.

  1. No record of conversation found in Department files. Harry C. Hawkins was Chief of the Division of Commercial Treaties and Agreements.