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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
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Liberia,   pp. 785-857 PDF (27.0 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1937, VOLUME I
882.01/81
    The Consul at Geneva (Gilbert) to the Secretary of State
No. 2063 Political                         GENEVA, March 9, 1937.
                                             [Received March 19.]
  SIR: I have the honor to refer to the Department's confidential tele-
graphic instruction No. 150 dated November 30, 2 p.m., concerning
possible German or Polish designs on the independence of the Republic
of Liberia and to my despatch No. 1971 Political dated December 8,
1936,43 in response thereto.
  As I stated in my despatch under reference, no question relating
to Liberia is in any way active before the League. I nevertheless find
that in the light of what may be termed the "colonial question"
the
situation of Liberia is to a definite degree being watched. In the
course of an informal conversation with the official of the Political
Section of the League Secretariat concerned with Liberian affairs
I learn that he is chiefly engaged in studying clippings from the
international press dealing with Germany's position respecting col-
onization which may carry implications respecting German designs
on Liberia. He let me have two such clippings which he said he felt
were particularly interesting-one from the Argentinisches Wochen-
blatt of Buenos Aires carrying a Berlin date line of October 23 last
and the other from the Action Francaise of Paris dated December 14
last. Translations of these clippings are enclosed.43
  He also gave me a copy of a memorandum dated August 24, 1936,
addressed to Mr. Walters, Under-Secretary-General, which deals with
an interview by La Mer, a Polish monthly publication, with Mr. Brud-
zinski, an advisor of the Liberian Government, who visited Warsaw
last year. In giving me this he told me incidentally that Mr. Walters
displayed a very great interest in any Liberian matter. I enclose a
copy of this memorandum."
  The official in question did not broach the question of possible Polish
preoccupations respecting Liberia nor did I do so for the reason,
sufficient to me, of his being a Polish national. I nevertheless, stating
that I was merely expressing my own views, took occasion to inform
him of the nature of public opinion in the United States respecting Li-
berian independence. In doing so, I followed the general line elabo-
rated in the Department's confidential instructions dated January
29, 1937, and February 9, 1937,'5 respectively, which I had studied
with great interest.
  Respectfully yours,                       PRENTISS B. GILBERT
  a Neither printed.
  iNot printed.
  ' Neither printed; these Instructions transmitted copies of -memoranda
of
conversations of January 19, p. 822, and of January 27, p. 823.
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