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Folder 3: San Jose, Costa Rica and Monrovia, Liberia, 1933

 File — Container: Box 2, Folder: 4

Scope and Contents

This file includes, among other material: - TLS, Sumner Welles, concerning Werlich's conversation with Dr. Pacheco; the views of the Jimenez administration regarding the 1923 treaties; and the possibility of Welles' connection with the new Roosevelt administration. 1/12/33. - Carbon of letter to Teodoro Picado [Minister of Education/San Jose]: "By One of the 'flukes' which season the salad of the diplomat, I became rather intimately associated with the Polish counter-active movement in the Ukraine during the latter months of 1930. Some say we could talk that over." - Cordell Hull, copy of telegram: "A critical situation has arisen in Liberia which calls for careful handling by a representative at Monrovia... we are anxious to send you there as Charge d'Affairs." 5/13/33. - Carbon of letter to Pierrepont Moffat, concerning Werlich's departure for Monrovia. 5/16/33. - TLS, Gerald Shepherd [British Consulate General, New York], newsy letter about conditions in Monrovia. 6/2/33. - TLS, Charles C. Eberhardt, concerning his departure and local news. 6/10/33. - ALS, Robert E. Campbell [Bishop of Libera], note written on the SS Washington, inviting Werlich for a chat about Liberia. 6/10/33. - TLS, ELiis Briggs, concerning the arrival of General Blanton Winship and himself. 7/3/33. - Carbon of letter to Sumner Welles [American Ambassador to Cuba]: "Politically, things do not appear to be any worse than the condition in which you found Cuba last May. The League of Nations, with General Blanton Winship riding capably alongside, is having just the fun it so adores in trying to patch up matters Liberian." - Carbon to Pierrepont Moffat [Chief, Division of West European Affairs], concerning the League's revised Plan of Assistance; Barclay's support of it and T. E. Buchanan's opposition to it; the Firestone-Davidson law suit; 3% bonds of December 1932; and Werlich's strategy in Liberia. 8/5/33. - TLS, David A. Salmon, concerning method of routing cables and telegrams. 8/22/33. - TLS, Pierrepont Moffat, news of the Department. 8/22/33. - TLS, Sumner Welles, re plans to return to Washington. 8/24/33. - Carbon of letter to Frederick P. Hibbard [Division of West European Affairs], concerning the departure of General Winship and Ellis Briggs; Dutch surveyors and the Bank of Liberia. 9/13/33. - Carbon of letter to M. M. Marsh [United Fruit Company in Costa Rica], concerning the increased purchase of African bananas by both France and Germany. 9/12/33. - TLS, Pierrepont Moffat, concerning U.S./Liberia relations, policy and recognition. 9/15/33. - TLS, Elis O. Briggs. 9/15/33. - Carbon of letter to Pierrepont Moffat, concerning conditions in Liberia: "Having all the foregoing in mind I am convinced that this post should be administered by a career white officer who has not had too much experience in the Far East, where questions of caste and color are predominant." 9/17/33. - Carbon of letter to Moffat, concerning A. C. Routh [British Consul and Charge d'Affairs] and his anti-Liberian views as reported to Barclay. 9/18/33. - Carbon of letter to Leo R. Sack, concerning his appointment as minister to Costa Rica. Concludes: "The Department, I am convinced, is most anxious, is most anxious to load the 'curing of Liberia's ills' on the shoulders of the League of Nations." 9/26/33. - Carbon of letter to Frederick Hibbard, giving general political update on Liberia. 10/2/33. - TLS, General Winship, concerning Liberia and the League of Nations; and the question of disarmament. 10/3/33. - TLS, Ellis O. Briggs, "it was impossible to convene the Committee before October 9. We have nevertheless been occupied with discussions with League officials, with the compilation of material and such like." 10/7/33. - TLS, Frederick Hibbard, concerning the departure of William N. Jones [Baltimore Afro-American representative] for Liberia and his anti-State Department sentiments. Concludes: "Grimes is being obstructive, but Cecil has taken a very firm stand and before this reaches you, we should know whether the Plan is to be accepted or definitely thrown in the discard." 10/11/33. - Carbon of letter to Pierrepont Moffat concerning the future of U.S./Liberian relations. 10/16/33. - TLS, Frederick Hibbard, concerning revised plan accepted by the Council of the League; Germany's exit from the League; and the imminent collapse of the Disarmament Conference." 10/16/33. - Carbon of letter to Ellis Briggs, concerning the new Plan. 10/20/33. - TLS, Frankline Roosevelt: "Your loyal and intelligent cooperation with us in Washington has made these recent months of our association a source of great satisfaction and encouragement to me in this important perios of our country's development." 11/10/33. - Carbon of letter to Ellis O. Briggs, concerning the removal of Justice Abayomi Karnga; the Routh incident; and the Holland syndicate. 11/13/33. - TLS, Leo Sack, concerning legation and Costa Rican politics. 11/20/33. - Draft of letter to Pierrepont Moffat, concerning the assignment of Jack MacVeagh to Liberia; instructions received by the British Charge to work for Plan's acceptance; local objection to the Plan; factions of King and Barclay; and Secretary of Treasury's report. 11/23/33. - TLS, Ellis O. Briggs, concerning his transfer to Cuba. 11/24/33. - Copy of telegram: "Barclay to adjourn session of Legislation with assurances that special sessions will be called within three days of adjournment to consider League Plan and 1934 budget... He has not submitted plan to Legislature." 12/12/33. - Copy of telegram from Phillips: No further action to be taken. 12/14/33. - TLS, John H. MacVeagh, arrival plans. 12/15 and 16/33


  • 1933

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From the Series: 2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

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From the Collection: English

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