The American Chargé ( Wharton ) to the Liberian Secretary of State ( Barclay )66

Excellency: In connection with the signing today of a Convention of Arbitration between the United States of America tad the Republic of Liberia, providing for the submission of differences of certain classes which may arise between the two Governments to the Permanent Court of Arbitration established at The Hague under the Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes concluded in 1899 and 1907, I have the honor to state the following understanding which I shall be glad to have you confirm on behalf of your Government.

I understand that in the event of the adhesion by the United States to the Protocol of December 16, 1920,67 under which the Permanent Court of International Justice was created at The Hague, the Government of Liberia will not be averse to considering a modification of the Convention of Arbitration which we are concluding, or the making of a separate agreement, under which the disputes mentioned in the Convention could be referred to the Permanent Court of International Justice.

Accept [etc.]

Clifton R. Wharton
  1. Transmitted to the Department by the Chargé in Liberia under covering letter No. 371, May 12, 1926; received June 17.
  2. Foreign Relations, 1920, vol. i, p. 17.