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cated an interest in the possibility of making a loan to Liberia, but that this Government, of course, can give no assurance as to whether such a loan can be arranged.

HUGHES

882.51/1576 : Telegram

The Minister in Liberia (Hood) to the Secretary of State

MONROVIA, December 14, 1922—3 p.m.

[Received 5:13 p.m.] 40. The following of the Department's number 34, is not understood and an immediate repetition is requested “the Department therefore cannot encourage the Liberian Government to delay further its efforts to arrange the desired financial aid from other sources which may be available.”

Liberian Government earnestly request a definite answer at the earliest possible moment as to whether or not the failure of the loan indicates any change of the traditional friendly sympathetic attitude of the American Government toward Liberia or the withdrawal of its diplomatic support and counsel.

The American Minister is requested by the Liberian Government to immediately informally find out about bankers referred to in cablegram who have indicated the possibility of making a loan to Liberia in order that Liberian Government upon its own initiative may at once approach them.

HOOD

882.51/1576 : Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Liberia (Hood)

WASHINGTON, December 26, 1922—6 p.m. 36. Your 40, December 14, 3 p.m.

You may inform the Liberian Government that the failure of the loan is not indicative of any change in the traditionally friendly attitude of this Government toward the Liberian Republic. This Government will always look with sympathetic interest at any attempts of the Liberian Government and people to promote the real interests of the Republic.

As to the suggested possibility of raising in America through private sources a loan for constructive purposes, you may inform the Liberian Government that if it will appoint an agent with proper qualifications to conduct negotiations, the Department will be glad to refer any interested parties to him.

HUGHES

STEPS TAKEN TOWARD COMPLETING THE DELIMITATION OF THE

FRANCO-LIBERIAN BOUNDARY

751.8215/17745 President King 24 to the Assistant Secretary of State (Dearing)

WASHINGTON, November 8, 1921. MY DEAR MR. SECRETARY: It is the earnest desire of the Liberian Government to bring to an early and final settlement the very perplexing question of the Franco-Liberian Boundary delimitation.25

I respectfully request the Department to use its good offices with the French Government towards the end of obtaining their consent to resume and complete as soon as possible the delimitation of the boundary.

In this connection I have to also request the Department to furnish the Liberian Government with a competent assistant to Commissioner Daves for purposes of the boundary survey. I am [etc.]

C. D. B. KING

751.8215/1774 The Assistant Secretary of State (Dearing) to President King

WASHINGTON, November 15, 1921. My Dear Mr. PRESIDENT: The receipt is acknowledged of your letter of November 8, 1921, relative to the Franco-Liberian Boundary delimitation.

In reply I beg to say that the Department will be glad to use its good offices with the French Government as requested to secure that Government's consent to the resumption and completion of the delimitation of the boundary as soon as possible.

The matter of designating for appointment by the Liberian Government a qualified man to assist Commissioner Daves with the Boundary survey will receive attention. I am [etc.]

FRED MORRIS DEARING

751.8215/173

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Herrick) No. 111

WASHINGTON, December 3, 1921. SIR: The Department is informed that the Liberian Government has had on the Franco-Liberian boundary for more than one year

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* President King had come to Washington in 1921 as head of the Liberian financial mission; see Foreign Relations, 1921, vol. II, pp. 363 ff.

For settlement effected by boundary commission, see French note, Feb. 2, 1911, ibid., 1911, p. 345; for continuation of the delimitation question, see note of July 19, 1912, from the French Chargé, ibid., 1912, p. 683.

a qualified, fully equipped, technical expert as its representative, but the French Government has declined to proceed with the boundary delimitation in accordance with understandings on the subject between the two Governments on the ground that it was unnecessary and useless to determine any of the outstanding questions at issue until the purport of American plans in Liberia have been made manifest.26

The Government of Liberia recently requested the Department to use its good offices for the purpose of obtaining the consent of the French Government to resume and complete as soon as possible the delimitation of the Franco-Liberian boundary.

As the Department is unable to see, in the information brought to its attention, cause for delaying the work of delimitation, you will please approach the Minister for Foreign Affairs and impress him that this Government, in the interest of a final adjustment of this boundary question, would be glad to learn of the willingness of the French Government to resume and complete the demarcation at an early date.

In this connection you may also intimate that this Government earnestly hopes that the French Government will be moved by a spirit of liberality towards Liberia in reaching a settlement of boundary controversies.

Copies of correspondence addressed to the American Legation at Monrovia by the Liberian Secretary of State relative to the Franco-Liberian boundary delimitation are herewith enclosed 27 for the purpose of aiding you to understand the previous steps taken in this matter. I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:

F. M. DEARING

751.8215/177

The Ambassador in France (Herrick) to the Secretary of State No. 1109

PARIS, January 5, 1922.

[Received January 17.] Sir: With reference to your Instruction No. 111, of December 3, 1921, (File No. 751.8215/173), relative to the delimitation of the Franco-Liberian Boundary, I have the honor to report that upon inquiry at the Foreign Office I was informed that the delay in proceeding with this boundary delimitation was due to the difficulty

Statement made by President King at the Department, Oct. 29, 1921 (file no. 751.8215/17642).

Not printed.

of finding a competent expert. I gathered that no one in the employ of the Ministry of the Colonies was anxious to be sent up country and the Director of Political Affairs with whom I spoke suggested that our Government should urge the Liberian Government to insist upon the appointment of a French boundary commissioner, which would enable the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to force the hand of the Ministry of the Colonies.

I inquired if there was any other reason for delay to which the reply was in the negative, Mr. de Peretti stating on the contrary that it was to everyone's advantage that the boundary should be settled as soon as possible. I have [etc.]

For the Ambassador:

SHELDON WHITEHOUSE

751.8215/177a : Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Liberia (Johnson)

WASHINGTON, January 31, 1922–3 p. m. 5. Suggest to Liberian Government that French Government be urged through French representative at Monrovia to appoint and send immediately French boundary commissioner to join Liberian representative and complete delimitation. Department has reason to believe such a course will produce results provided Liberian Government desires, as Department understands, to resume delimitation of Franco-Liberian boundary. Cable what action Liberian Government takes and result thereof.

HUGHES

751.8215/178

The Minister in Liberia (Hood) to the Secretary of State

No. 51

MONROVIA, April 19, 1922. Diplomatic

[Received May 23.] SIR: The Legation has the honor to herewith transmit for the information of the Department a Copy of a Memorandum received from the Secretary of State of the Liberian Government, when approached relative to the appointment of a Liberian representative to join with a French commissioner in the delimitation of the Franco-Liberian frontier.

The Commissioner Mr. L. C. Daves has found so many discrepancies in the names and positions, as heretofore agreed upon as

bases from which calculations were made, it will not be possible to proceed with delimitation until correct data can be had, and this will not be available until the Boundary Commissioner has completed his work. I have [etc.]

SOLOMON PORTER HOOD

(Enclosure)

The Liberian Secretary of State (Barclay) to the American Minister

(Hood)

The Secretary of State presents his compliments to the American Minister Resident and with reference to the Legation's intimation of February 1st, 1922, that should the Government of Liberia now approach the French Government with reference to continuing the Franco-Liberian delimitation, it was thought no difficulties would be experienced, has the honour to say that the Liberian Department of State has been advised by the Boundary Commissioner that the best interest of the Republic would not be served by urging the immediate resumption of the delimitation. The Triangulation Control which the Boundary Commissioner has been engaged in establishing has only been completed for about one-half of the length of the Franco-Liberian Frontier. Unless the whole triangulation is put in before the delimitation is resumed the Commissioner will have to depend upon the French data and maps which Mr. Daves has proven to be unreliable. The Department has therefore not yet approached the French Government on this matter. If and when any action is taken the Legation will be promptly advised.

MONROVIA, March 31, 1922.

751.8215/187 : Telegram

The Minister in Liberia (Hood) to the Secretary of State

MONROVIA, December 15, 1922–3 p.m.

[Received December 16–3:14 p.m.] 41. L. C. Daves, Boundary and Geodetic Engineer, shortly before taking his leave of absence entered into contract with Liberian Government to continue work of delimitation with an assistant with total salary of both and all expenses which may exceed $10,000 specifically provided to be paid by the receivership.

Since loan plan has failed request advising the receivership as to the position the fiscal agents will take should the receivership, in accordance with the contract above mentioned, pay the expenses of the boundary survey from the assigned revenues.

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