File No. 741.8215/25.

The American Ambassador to Great Britain to the Secretary of State.

No. 709.]

Some months ago the Liberian minister here, at the request of the British Government, advised Liberia to settle the outstanding question of cession of Kanré-Lahun to Great Britain in exchange for other territory and possibly pecuniary compensation in addition. [Page 339] Yesterday Sir F. Campbell said to me that the British Government now asks the Government of the United States to use their good offices with the Liberian Government to hasten settlement of this question, which His Majesty’s Government desire to have satisfactorily arranged before completion of the loan negotiations. Cromelin assures me that a settlement on these lines is likewise desired by the President of Liberia and feels that the latter needs the moral support of the United States in order to bring this about.