882.01 Foreign Control/77

Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State (Castle) of a Conversation With the French Counselor of Embassy (Henry), February 24, 1931

Mr. Henry came to see me to read a telegram from his Government concerning Liberia. He said the French Government wanted to be very sure that in League discussions in the matter it should be understood that what was being done was being done at the request of the Liberian Government. I told him that this was exactly our point of view.

I am not sure as to the reason for the French worry in this matter, but made Mr. Henry understand that we knew just as well as the French Government knew that any pressure brought to bear on Liberia must appear to be as a result of the request of the Liberian Government for assistance.

W. R. C[astle], Jr.