811.20 Defense (M)/8075

The Ambassador in Ecuador (Long) to the Secretary of State

No. 3289

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Embassy’s despatch no. 3287 of July 1883 regarding developments in our negotiations for a rubber contract.

The Decree (No. 1192), authorizing the Ministers of Agriculture and of Finance to sign a contract with the Rubber Reserve Company, was approved by the President on the morning of July 20. Following the approval of the Decree, the formal contract was drawn up both in English and in Spanish, and this was signed in duplicate in the two languages in the afternoon.

A signed copy of the Spanish contract and the original signed copy of the English are attached.84 It is understood that these copies were desired for the files of the Rubber Reserve Company.

Copies of the signed contracts are also attached for the use of the Department.

Respectfully submitted,

For the Ambassador:
Howard H. Tewksbury

Commercial Attaché
  1. Not printed; it indicated some disquietude that rubber exports destined for Argentina were blocked at Guayaquil through United States pressure (811.20 Defense (M)/7897).
  2. Not printed.