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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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   The Minister in Liberia (Walton) to the Secretary of State
No. 159                               MONROVIA, January 3, 1938.
                                          [Received January 29.]
  SIR: I have the honor to refer to my despatch No. 147, November 17,
1937, relative to Administrative Circular No. 5, dated August 23, 1937,
paragraph 2b. In conversation with the President I was advised
informally that instructions had been given the Supervisor of Customs
to change the phraseology which had given offense.
  Copies of recent correspondence on the subject are herewith en-
  Respectfully yours,                         LESTER A. WALTON
                     AMBITIONS IN LIBERIA 84
      Memo randum by the Chief of the Division of Western
                    European Affairs (Dunn)
                                   [WASHINGTON,] January 9,1937.
  During a conversation just before lunch at the Hungarian Legation
today, Mr. Kulikowski, Second Secretary of the Polish Embassy,
brought up the subject of Liberia. He said that during his tour of
duty in Geneva he had become interested in the Liberian problem and
had maintained this interest both because of past Polish support
of Liberia before the League of Nations, and because of the presence
of Polish Advisers and colonists in Liberia at this time. He asked
me whether it was true that Liberia was very apprehensive of her
security at this time, particularly in view of the recent Italian action
in Ethiopia and current reports of the possibility of some colonial
settlement being made with Germany. In this last connection he said
that he felt sure that Great Britain and Germany had discussed the
possibility of Liberia being placed under a German mandate, but he
wondered what effect the recent recognition of President Barclay by
the British835 would have on this possibility.
   I told Mr. Kulikowski that probably it was true that Liberia was
 nervous about her future just as sometimes in the past she had been
 fearful of her British and French neighbors-she was a small, weak
 country with great potential wealth and a somewhat hectic history.
   3 Not printed.
   34 For previous correspondence, see Foreign Relation8, 1936, vol. iII,
pp. 406 if.
   3 December 16, 1936; see ibid.

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