The Secretary of State to the Minister in Liberia ( Johnson )
Sir: Reports have reached the Department that rumors are being circulated in Liberia to the effect that the delay in taking action in the matter of the proposed Government Loan to Liberia has been due to the fact that the personnel of the Liberian Delegation sent to the United States is displeasing to this Government.
These rumors have no foundation in fact, and you may take such action as the situation may seem to you to warrant to contradict them.
For your information, it may be said that the restrictions placed on the extension of further credits, under the Defense and Security Act of 1917, were deemed, on the inauguration of the present Administration, to have made it impossible to consummate the Loan with the original credit made available in 1920. Consequently, the question of securing the required funds from Congress has had to be taken up anew. There is enclosed herewith a copy of the communication addressed by the Secretary of State to the President, under [Page 367] date of July 29, 1921, reviewing briefly the course of the negotiations in the case, explaining their present status, and recommending the extension of the loan of five million dollars sought by the Liberian Government. The President has, in turn, communicated the Secretary’s recommendation with his approval, to Congress. The information contained in the communication to Congress has been made public through the medium of the press in the United States.
You are authorized to make the contents of the enclosed letter known in Liberia either publicly or privately, as you may deem best.
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