882.00/828: Telegram

The Chargé in Liberia (Carter) to the Secretary of State

82. Supplementing my telegram 81, June 10, 5 p.m. In checking records discovered that, through inadvertence, my original report of [reply to?] the Liberian note had never gone forward so I presented following memorandum personally to Barclay this morning which represents substance of original note.

“In view of certain rumors which have come to the attention of the Legation of the United States, the American Legation desires to state that there has been no change whatsoever in the traditional policy of the United States of friendly interest toward Liberia nor is there likely to be any. The Government of the United States has always been careful to abstain from interfering with the political affairs of Liberia, and the acts and statements made by the Legation have been consistent throughout in the furtherance of this policy. All rumors or reports to the contrary may safely be dismissed as misleading and unfounded”.

Barclay stated that he considered it a highly satisfactory statement. Second letter reported my 77, June 7, 3 p.m., was intended merely as a follow up to be presented by Hall2 in my absence. Regret illness prevented my personal oversight of delivery of notes as much difficulty might have been thereby avoided.

  1. Claude H. Hall, Jr., Vice Consul at Monrovia.