File No. 882.42/11.
To all to whom it may concern, but in particular
to the Trustees of the American Colonization Society,
Washington, D. C., United States of America:
Know ye by these presents:
That, Whereas Caroline Donovan, late of the City of Baltimore, State
of Maryland, in the United States of America, deceased, by her last
will and testament did give and bequeath unto the Republic of
Liberia for the maintenance of public schools in Liberia, a legacy,
the principal and interest accruing thereon amounting to the sum of
sixty-five thousand five hundred and eleven dollars and eleven cents
($85,511.11) to be paid unto the said Republic of Liberia, said
amount being in the hands of the American Colonization Society of
Washington, D. C, United States of America, and,
Whereas, the Government of Liberia has enacted a law creating a Board
of Education (a copy of which law is hereto attached),1 at the head of which board
is the Honourable B. W. Payne, Secretary of Public Instruction, and
which board is the custodian of all public school funds.
Now therefore, know ye: That I, B. W. Payne, Secretary of Public
Instruction of the Republic of Liberia, for myself and on behalf of
the Board of Education, by the power vested in me by the vote of
said board taken, have made, constituted and appointed, and by these
presents do make, constitute and appoint the Honourable Charles B.
Dunbar of the City of Monrovia, and Dr. Ernest Lyon, Consul General
of the Republic of Liberia to the United States of America, our true
and lawful attorneys, for me, and in behalf of the Board of
Education, in our name and for our use and benefit, under the law
governing the same, to ask, demand and receive of and from the
American Colonization Society of Washington, D. C, United States of
America, the legacy given and bequeathed unto the said Republic of
Liberia by the said will of the said Caroline Donovan as aforesaid;
and upon receipt thereof, or payment thereof to our attorneys, of
the full amount as aforementioned with the interest accruing
thereon, I do authorize them to approve the account, give the proper
and full receipt and release for the money as they may see proper
and fit to do so.
Giving our said attorneys full power to do everything whatsoever
requisite and necessary to be done in the premises, as fully as we
could do if personally present, hereby ratifying and confirming all
that our said Attorneys shall lawfully do, or cause to be done by
witness whereof I have hereunto, for myself in behalf of the Board
of Education in Liberia, set my hand and seal this 13th day of July
in the year of Our Lord, one thousand nine hundred arid twelve, and
of the Republic the sixty-fifth.
B. W. Payne,
Secretary of Public Instruction.
For and in behalf of the Board of Education in