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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

Liberia,   pp. 785-857 PDF (27.0 MB)

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  In former conversations with Liberian officials on behalf of Ameri-
can missionaries it was pointed out to me that the Liberian Govern-
ment if disposed, could demand reimbursement of missionaries for
what they termed "duty arrears" due the Government in 1936.
  For quite a number of years I have been closely associated with my
good friend, Dr. Thomas Jesse Jones of the Phelps-Stokes Fund, and
members of the Advisory Committee on Education in Liberia. I am
sincerely interested in doing all in my power to serve American mis-
sionaries in every -way possible.
  Unfortunately, high Liberian officials do not always share the same
views as you and I with respect to the value of services rendered by
missionaries. I am doing all I can to counteract this attitude.
  May I take this opportunity to express the hope that the Republic
of Liberia, now in your division, will continue to progress and live up
to the expectation of our Government.
  Sincerely yours,                            LESTER A. WALTON
    The Minister in Liberia (Walton) to the Secretary of State
No. 147                             MONROVIA, November 17, 1937.
                                           [Received December 7.]
  SIR: I have the honor to report that Administrative Circular No. 5
issued August 23, 1937 by the Financial Adviser, Republic of Liberia,
with respect to free entry privileges granted diplomatic officers at
Monrovia has been the subject of controversy.
  Under Regulation 2b of this circular, for the information of the
Diplomatic Corps, notice was given that the following certification
on entry form shall be signed by the chiefs of mission:
  "I hereby certify that the goods, wares and merchandise herein
described are imported for the use of the Legation of (name of coun-
try), or officials thereof, and such goods, wares and merchandise will
not be sold, exchanged or transferred to persons who are not entitled
to free entry privileges.
  Regulation 1 of this circular reads:
  "All importations for which free entry privilege is granted must
be consigned to the entity for whom imported. Ocean bills of lading
and Consular or other invoices must demonstrate proof of such con-
signment. Unless importations are consigned as required by this
Administrative Circular, free entry privileges will not be authorized."
  At a meeting of the Diplomatic Corps in Liberia held Monday,
September 6, a resolution was adopted advising the Liberian Govern-

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