800.85/815: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Colombia ( Lane )

351. Your 459, March 15, 11 a.m. Department’s instruction number 1107 of March 1590 forwarded a letter from War Shipping Administration90 suggesting additional changes in the bill of sale. It is not possible therefore to authorize you to sign the bill of sale as submitted with your despatch 1330.90

While the delay in this case is regretted, War Shipping Administration feels that the suggested changes are necessary to protect all concerned, particularly in view of the fact that the Colombian Government did not take title to the vessels. In all other cases where the United States had purchased vessels from the other American Republics the Governments of those countries had taken full title, thus making the transactions much simpler. Another cause of delay, and one which cannot be avoided, is the necessity for matters of this sort to be approved by a number of people.

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