Mr. Barclay to Mr. Bayard.
Monrovia, October 4, 1887. (Received November 21.)
Sir: The Hon. Charles H. J. Taylor, minister resident and consul-general of the United States to Liberia, having given official notice to this department under date of the 26th ultimo of his immediate departure for the United States, I have the honor, by direction of the President, to address you again on the subject of the claims advanced by France to certain portions of the territories of the Republic embraced between Cape Palmas and the San Pedro River, and to inclose for your information copy of a dispatch, with an inclosure, received from our chargé d’affaires in Paris, dated 8th September last, in which he informs this Department in a letter lately received from the French ministry of foreign affairs that the minister refuses to settle the matter in question with the minister of the United States, on the ground that our chargé d’affaires being the only agent acknowledged to represent the Republic of Liberia in France, the minister of the United States can not act for our Government.
Mr. Carrance further informs us that he has interviewed Mr. McLane on the subject, and, while acknowledging that the United States take the utmost interest in the matter, intimates that it is necessary that our Government send him immediately “a special power to settle the question, and full orders necessary to come to this conclusion,” etc.[Page 1085]
Referring to the latter portion of the third paragraph of your esteemed dispatch of the 14th October, 1886, with relation to that “little natural fear on Mr. Carrance’s part that you (we) might credit in the wrong quarter the good result of his official efforts and services,” I would remark that that natural fear of Mr. Carrance alluded to in that communication seems to be greatly increased, since he has persistently endeavored to have our Government ignore the reasonable intervention of our next (best) friend, and to place the solution of the matter entirely in his hands, notwithstanding the admission made to this department two or three years ago “that he was on best terms of friendship with all the French Government men.”
In this connection I am directed by the President to inform you that so great is the confidence which he feels in the kind exertions of the Government of the United States on behalf of Liberia in this matter, that if the conduct of Mr. Carrance should constitute an obstacle in the way of an amicable settlement of the matter, he would feel no reluctance whatever to remove that obstacle, and leave the question to be finally settled between the French Government and that of the United States, acting on behalf of the Republic of Liberia.
Soliciting an expression from you as to the correctness of the information furnished by Mr. Carrance,
I have the honor, etc.,