The Ambassador in Chile (Boioers) to the Secretary of State
[Received 6:30 p.m.]
393. For Byrnes or Acheson and Braden. Very confidentially Admiral Mayfield’s31 Chilean aide has told him that the British have heard of our proposition re offers to Chilean Navy and has asked the Chilean Govt to be in no hurry since at a lower cost England will let them have transports, tankers, etc at a much lower cost than we will ask and that the British may also make available some cruisers. Because of the confidential nature of this disclosure by the Chilean aide of Mayfield’s it is a delicate matter to inquire into further but shall transmit promptly any more info we may get through our Naval Attaché or Mission.
- Adm. Irving H. Mayfield, Chief of the United States Naval Mission to Chile.↩