to Mr. McLane.
Washington, July 12, 1886.
Sir: With reference to my instruction No. 67, of the 13th of January last, concerning the alleged proceedings of Lieutenant Aroux, commanding a gunboat of the French navy in negotiating treaties with the chiefs of native tribes within Liberian territory, I now inclose herewith for your information a copy of a dispatch from our minister at Monrovia in relation to the subject. As this Government is deeply interested [Page 305] in preserving the territorial integrity of Liberia, it has learned with much concern that French officers have recently been carrying on intrigues with tribes within the long established and universally recognized boundaries of the Liberian Republic, and treating with said tribes as independent.
Confirming my above-mentioned instructions of the 13th of January last, I have to request you to avail yourself of an early opportunity to bring the subject to the attention of the minister of foreign affairs, with a view to ascertain whether or not the proceedings of Lieutenant Aroux and Captain Dumont are sanctioned by the French Government.
I am, &c.,