Mr. Coolidge to Mr. Gresham.
Paris, February 24, 1893. (Received March 7.)
Sir: I duly received your confidential dispatch No. 145, of January 14, instructing me to ask for an answer to the representations made by your direction under date of July 13 with reference to the action of the French authorities in Liberia. The contents of this dispatch engaged [Page 299]my immediate attention, and before leaving for Rome I had a personal conversation on the subject with Mr. Develle, the new minister for foreign affairs, who promised that a reply should be made to my note. Upon my return I recalled the attention of the minister to the matter. In his answer, which is inclosed, he states substantially that a regular treaty has been signed with Liberia by which this Republic, in return for certain concessions made by France, waives her claim to the territory lying between the rivers San Pedro and Cavalry, and recognizes the thalweg of the river last named as the dividing line between Liberia and the territory now placed under the protectorate of France.
The French Republic has therefore complied with the wish expressed in our communication of July 13, that no territory should be taken from Liberia without her express consent.
The new dividing line and the terms of the arrangement made with Liberia are fully explained on the map and in the copy of the treaty which I forwarded to the Department with my Nos. 91 and 112.
I inclose herewith a copy of Mr. Develle’s note, together with a translation of the same.
I have, etc.,