The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers


Enclosure: Sir Hugh Clifford to Lieutenant Colonel N. G. Thwaites

Sir,

I have the honour to inform you that Lord Milner has caused to be transmitted to me a copy of a demi-official letter, marked "Confidential" and dated December 4th last, addressed to Mr. Grindle of the Colonial Office by Mr. David Boyle, late of the Gold Coast Civil Service, who signs himself "Assistant Director" to the British Mission in New York.
2. In this letter Mr. Boyle states that in the course of his work in America he has come across evidences of a movement among the negroes of that country "to join with the more lawless American element in f[om]enting a Race War in Africa." He adds that "one of the chief points at which their attack is to be directed is (through Liberia, of course) the conquered Colonies," such as Togoland and the Cameroons.
3. I have been directed by Lord Milner to communicate with you direct on this subject; and I shall be much obliged if you will be so good as to supply me with information concerning the nature of the evidence upon which this allegation rests.
4. I think you will realise that, if indeed any campaign of the kind indicated is contemplated or in progress, it is of great importance that this Government should be kept fully informed on the subject. I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient Servant,
Hugh Clifford Governor
NAN, CSO 1/36/5. TLS, carbon copy. Marked "Confidential."