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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- possibilities of being attacked and captured with a view to being
kept as colonies for some larger country; that we have some ten mil-
lion colored people in the United States who take great pride and
have a tremendous personal interest in Liberia; who feel that that
country is now sufficiently on its feet and sufficiently stable to go
forward beyond question; that Liberia has always been looked upon
as a sort of ward of this country, and interest in its progress in this
country has been correspondingly existent; that any reports of its
colonization immediately arouse tremendous interest and concern here;
and that this is a sample of some similar conditions elsewhere in the
world. I then said that at Buenos Aires we had preached for the
restoration of the sanctity of agreements and urged against unilateral
abandonment of them; that we had urged that if and when an agree-
ment was not satisfactory it should be made so in -a peaceful way,
either by modification or abandonment under legal procedure, and
not unilaterally; that likewise any other questions relating to the
definite rights and interests or grievances of nations, present problems
which must be approached and worked out in a spirit of peace and of
law and of good faith, whether relating to territorial questions or
  The Ambassador, without appearing to feel that I was speaking
more than theoretically or academically, expressed his approval. He
spoke highly of the work at Buenos Aires.
                                               C [ORDELL] H [TILL]
  Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Eastern European
                         Affairs (Kelley)
                                  [WASHINGTON,] January 27, 1937.
  In the course of a conversation with Mr. Wankowicz 37 upon the oc-
casion of his call at the Division in connection with various matters,
I inquired if he knew whether the Secretary had mentioned to the
Ambassador, during his call at the Department a few days ago, our
interest in developments in Liberia. He said that so far as he knew
the Secretary had not mentioned the matter to the Ambassador, be-
cause when the Ambassador returned to the Embassy he had discussed
with him his conversation with the Secretary and made no mention of
Liberia. I then took the opportunity to say that recent press stories
relative to Liberia which had come out of Geneva were causing con-
cern in the United States, particularly among the colored people,
who have always taken great pride and personal interest in the welfare
  '"Witold Wankowicz, Counselor of the Polish Embassy.

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