845.5018/10–746

The Acting Secretary of State to the Agent General for India (Bajpai)

My Dear Sir Girja: Although I addressed a letter to you on September 30,39 in answer to the message from the Honorable Pandit [Page 95]Jawahar Lai Nehru, Vice-President of the Viceroy’s Executive Council and Minister in Charge of Foreign Affairs, new information concerning shipments of bread grains to India is now available. I should appreciate, therefore, your disregarding the information contained in the previous letter referred to.

In spite of the maritime strikes, 87,052 tons of wheat were loaded in United States ports for shipment to India during September. In addition to this, it is my understanding that the officials of your staff procured a considerable amount of wheat flour in the commercial market.

Although we are now experiencing another maritime strike, some loading of grain for India is proceeding. One cargo is being loaded in Albany now. Officials of the Department of Agriculture informed me that 117,500 tons of wheat have been scheduled for loading in the early days of October for shipment to India. This latter quantity represents the carry-over from the September allocation. You may rest assured that we will continue to emphasize the loading of this grain until the total quantity has been shipped.

I should appreciate your transmitting this information to the Honorable Pandit Jawahar Lai Nehru.

Sincerely yours,

Dean Acheson
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