No. 324.
Mr. J. H. Smyth to Mr. Evarts.

No. 31.]

Sir: You will observe by reference to my No. 26, dated May 12, 1879, that the aborigines from Cape Palmas to and including San Pedro had formed an alliance, and had seceded from Liberia.

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I inclose herewith as additional evidence of the fact, an extract from The Observer, Monrovia, June 12, 1879, the manifesto forwarded by the chiefs to the Liberian Government.

I am, &c.,

[Inclosure 1 in No. 31.—Extract from the Monrovia Observer, Thursday, June 12, 1879.]

Manifesto of the chiefs of the G’ Debo tribes east of Cape Palmas.

We, the undersigned kings and chiefs of the tribes between the river Cavalla and river San Pedro, considering that our mutual security and the prosperity of our country require that we should he united in friendship did, on the 2d and 3d days of April, 1879, meet together at Grand Taboo, and having referred to the matter of our country which is fraudulently claimed by the Republic of Liberia, on the pretense that it was purchased by or for them, and of which we have been kept in perfect ignorance all these past years, until it was first brought to our knowledge by an official order dated November 8, 1877, from Jos. T. Gibson, superintendent of Cape Palmas, to Messrs. Julio and Lehmann to leave river Taboo in five days, and to stop nowhere in any part of our country which they claim. But we would not allow them to comply to that order; and five days after, viz, 13th November, Mr. J. T. Gibson came down with the United States ship Essex to river Taboo, and when our chiefs were on board they were menaced if they refused to comply with the demands of Liberia; and lately by the arrival of the United States flagship Ticonderoga March 8, 1879, do hereby bind ourselves to the following resolutions, which have been mutually agreed to by the kings and chiefs undersigned:

Resolved, We shall never acknowledge the authority of the Republic of Liberia on the pretense that our country was purchased by Dr. Hall or any other person.

Our chiefs when on board of the United States flagship Ticonderoga, off river Taboo, were offered $100 per year to take the Liberian flag.

Resolved, We shall never accept it.

Resolved, We consider our people under the protection of England, whose flag was sent to us many years ago by that government, and which we will fly and also call upon in our present difficulty.

Resolved, We from this date stop all trade and communication with the Republic of Liberia until this question about the rights of our country is settled to our entire satisfaction.

The following are the names of the kings and chiefs:

(Eighteen signatures.)