033.1110 Wallace, Henry A./205: Telegram

The Ambassador in Bolivia (Boal) to the Secretary of State

697. When he departed from Bolivia on April 9, Vice President Wallace addressed the following telegram to President Peñaranda:

“Upon departing today from Bolivian soil I hasten to thank Your Excellency for the many pleasant memories which I am taking away with me. In less than 5 days I have been able to see many aspects of Bolivian life. I have seen the agricultural development on the Altiplano and on the shores of the beautiful Lake Titicaca, I have seen the fertile valley of Cochabamba and the marvelous vistas of the Yungas, I have also become acquainted at first hand with mining in Bolivia and I have been charmed by the beauty of La Paz, the majestic Illimani, the Cordillera Real and the unforgettable Illiampu which so well marks your own home in Sorata. Everywhere I have been received with the most sincere cordiality and have had shown to me the great Bolivian affection. The potentialities of the people of Bolivia have impressed me greatly. Everywhere I have seen the affection with which they treat their children, the effort that parents make to educate their children in order that they may contribute more effectively to the future of Bolivia.

Upon saying goodbye to Your Excellency I send you the sincere appreciation of the people of the United States of America for the great contribution which your country is making to the victory of the free peoples of the entire world, the strategic mineral products and the contribution of Bolivian agriculture are indispensable for victory. We express our appreciation also to the miners in the bottoms of the mines and to the laborers in the great agricultural fields.

I have just learned of the welcome surprise that you have taken one step more to place Bolivia at the side of the United Nations that are fighting against the Axis until they win total victory. I salute Your Excellency and through you the Bolivian people, in homage to this proof of solidarity in the common cause of the free world. It gives me great pleasure to look forward to your coming trip to my country where we will have the pleasure of greeting you in the name of the people of the United States. H. A. Wallace.”

At the same time Vice President Wallace addressed a telegram of appreciation to the Bolivian Minister of Foreign Affairs29 in which he mentioned the very helpful services of the Director and Assistant Director of Protocol and stated that he was looking forward with expectation to the visit of the Foreign Minister to the United States.

  1. Tomás Manuel Elio.