033.1110 Wallace, Henry A./129b: Circular telegram

The Secretary of State to Certain Diplomatic Representatives in the American Republics12

The Vice President has been informed that there are a number of proposals that he receive honorary degrees from certain educational institutions in the countries he is to visit.

In as much as it has been his practice not to accept honorary degrees and he has not done so in the last 8 years in the United States, it will be most embarrassing if such degrees are offered him.

Accordingly, in reply to any suggestion that the Vice President receive an honorary degree, you are requested to explain that he is unable to accept such degrees for the reasons set forth in the foregoing paragraph.

  1. The Ambassadors in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Colombia, and the Minister in Costa Rica.