882.01 Foreign Control/803: Telegram

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

20. Department’s telegram No. 4, April 20, 5 p.m. Saw Simpson this morning and at his request confirmed conversation in writing. He offered no comments.

In lengthy conversation with Simpson on April 14 I strongly urged acceptance of Plan on grounds that it were far better to accept a certain temporary limitation of the executive power than to jeopardize the future independence of the country and that, whereas the Plan constituted a guarantee of independence, its rejection would leave Liberia isolated and it should not expect a sympathetic hearing in the United States. I understand he called a Cabinet meeting the following day at which it was decided to maintain reservations and reject the Plan.