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The Minister in the Netherlands (Gordon) to the Secretary of State

No. 279

Subject: Potential Liberian Iron Ore Concession

Sir: With reference to my telegram No. 17 of February 14, the Department’s answering telegraphic instruction No. 12 of February 16, and my despatch No. 207 of March 7, in the above entitled matter, I have the honor to report that a few days ago Mr. van Nierop called me on the telephone and said that while he had not yet received the awaited report from the engineers in Liberia, all developments seemed to be progressing favorably. He stated that he had given full consideration to the matters discussed in our recent conversation (see my despatch No. 207), and that he would be glad to have the United States Steel Corporation “either as associates or customers” in this projected iron ore exploitation; he felt, however, that the only logical way for him to get in touch with the Corporation would be by approaching Morgan & Company, which he proposed to do, if and when he receives a favorable report from Liberia.

I am enclosing herewith a transcript of the pertinent parts of a letter15 written by Mr. van Nierop confirming the foregoing telephone conversation.

Respectfully yours,

George A. Gordon
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