The Secretary of State to the Liberian Consul General at New York (Walker)
My Dear Mr. Walker: The receipt is acknowledged of your letter of September 1, 1943, with regard to certain aid which President Barclay wishes this Government to extend to Liberia.
It is not clear to the Department under what provision of the Agreement of March 31, 1942, between the Governments of the United States and Liberia the request of President Barclay for $150,000 for the [Page 670]Liberian Frontier Force is based. Perhaps you might wish to ask your Government for a clarification of this point, after which the Department will be glad to go more thoroughly into the matter.
It is not the Department’s understanding, however, that any commitment
was entered into by this Government under which it could be called upon
to advance funds to the Liberian Government for the maintenance of the
Liberian Frontier Force. The obligations of this Government with respect
to the Frontier Force appear to have been fully set forth in numbered
paragraphs 3, 4 and 5 of the letter from Colonel McBride to President
Barclay, dated March 31, 1942,16 which defined
the specific defense aids which the Government of the United States
undertook to extend to the Government of Liberia. These paragraphs read
As regards the road construction program, as amended, the Department understands that no difficulties are anticipated by the War Department in complying with the request of your Government for an adjustment along the lines mentioned in your letter.