882.20/430: Telegram

The Minister in Liberia (Walton) to the Secretary of State

86. At a conference November 12 I made known the views expressed in the Department’s No. 57, November 11, 3 p.m., and have been requested by President Barclay to advise the Department of the Foreign Office’s transmission of a telegram informing Secretary Dennis that instructions authorizing him to make proposals to British and French Governments had been withdrawn.

President Barclay has further requested me to assure the Department that the Liberian Government has the fullest confidence in the benevolent attitude of the United States. However, during these unsettled times of armed aggression and secret diplomacy Liberia is [Page 842]constrained to give serious consideration to the realization that it is a defenseless nation whose only guarantee of security against force and invasion is the moral support accorded it by the United States; that despite its perilous position and the grave apprehensions entertained at this capital Liberia will continue to rely on the advice of the United States and on the assurance given in the Department’s No. 52, October 15, 3 p.m. that any development in which Liberia is directly concerned will be communicated to the Liberian Government.

Secretary Dennis is en route to India to attend a religious congress and was not expressly sent to Europe to make proposals.

Walton