Memorandum of Conversation, by the Chief of the Division of the American Republics (Bonsal)

Señor de Lozada10 came in at his request. He informed me that there is on the docks in United States ports a certain amount of lend-lease material11 consigned to the Bolivian Government. He asked me whether this would be allowed to go forward. I answered in the negative.

Señor de Lozada then showed me a letter which he had received from Señor Augusto de Céspedes, editor of the M. N. R.12 organ, La Calle, and Secretary-General of the revolutionary Junta. This letter, written in a very friendly and familiar style, covers the following points:

A description of the revolution itself with particular emphasis on the widespread and enthusiastic manifestations of popular approval at the overthrow of the Peñaranda regime.
A statement regarding the honest desire of the Junta to cooperate with the United States, since such cooperation is in the best interests of the two countries.
A very stern and forthright statement to the effect that if the Department of State maintains a cold attitude toward the new regime, the latter will defend itself to the last.

I made no specific comment regarding this letter, which was dated December 24, i.e., four days after the revolution. I did, however, express pessimism regarding the general outlook.

  1. Enrique Lozada, Bolivian confidential agent in Washington.
  2. For correspondence on the negotiation of a Lend-Lease agreement between the United States and Bolivia, see Foreign Relations, 1941, vol. vi, pp. 422 ff.
  3. Movimiento Nacionalista Revolucionario, founded and led by Victor Paz Estenssoro.