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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1920

Ethiopia,   pp. 229-252 PDF (8.6 MB)

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Negotiation and Signature of a Treaty of Commerce at Addis Ababa-
Notification to Prince Lidj Yassou, December 20, 1914, of Ratification by
the United States- -Proclamation of the Treaty by President Wilson,
August 9, 1920
The Consul General at Addis Ababa (Wood) to the Secretary of
No. 4                        ADDIS ABABA, April 18, 1914.
[Received May 18.]
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Depart-
ment's No. 2, dated January 3, 1914,1 regarding the negotiation of a
new commercial treaty between the United States and Ethiopia.
Very soon after my arrival I approached informally the Minister
of Foreign Affairs with this point in view. He hesitated for a
while not knowing whether it would be advisable for the Crown
Prince at the present time to negotiate any treaty, especia.lly as the
death of Menelik II had not been officially proclaimed. I called his
attention to the fact that upon the death of Menelik all the rights,
privileges, power and authority descended to Prince Lidj Yassou
who had been proclaimed successor of Menelik II., and I also ob-
served that Lidj Yassou was exercising all of the prerogatives of
the Emperor of Ethiopia. He assented and said that if it were
absolutely necessary to negotiate the treaty at once he would submit
it to the Prince and his Ministers for their consideration. But he
expressed the opinion that if it were not absolutely necessary that
it would be better to defer the consideration of the treaty until a
time when political conditions of the country were more firmly
established. I could not secure an expression of opinion as to how
long that would be.
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My sickness which has continued incessantly for two weeks and
I am still confined to my bed suffering some pain, so that it has
been impossible for me to take up the negotiation of the said new
treaty. But if my condition steadily improves, I expect to have the
treaty signed within a month from date.
I have [etc.]                               JOHN Q. WOOD
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