Mr. McMath to Mr. Seward
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your circular letter dated the 9th of March last; also copy of “concurrent resolutions of Congress concerning foreign intervention in the existing rebellion,” accompanying the same, which came to hand on the 10th instant.
I have taken the earliest opportunity to have an interview with the Moorish minister for foreign affairs upon the subject of foreign intervention, as set forth in the resolutions of Congress.
He informed my interpreter that he would receive me at his official residence on the 11th instant, at 12 m. At the appointed hour I called, and was very kindly received; and having my interpreter with me, I caused him to read to his excellency, in the Arabic language, the resolutions of Congress. After the reading and some verbal explanations by me, he stated (what he has frequently said to me before) that his Majesty’s government had for a great many years been the sincere friend of the American nation, (the name by which the United States is called by the Moors;) that his Majesty regretted much the state of affairs in my country, but confidently hoped that in a short time we should be able to subdue the insurgents; that his feelings have been all the while with the federal government, and that he would do nothing in the least to aid or give countenance to the insurgents. He also informed me that the policy of the nation, as embodied in the resolutions of Congress just read, had ever been the policy of his Majesty’s government; and in the event of a rebellion in this empire, his Majesty would expect that our government, as well as others, would not in any way encourage the insurgents.
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I also explained to him “that the resolutions were entirely in harmony with the principles and policy by which all the President’s proceedings in regard to the question involved have been and will continue in every emergency to be regulated.”
I also informed him that if he desired a copy of the resolutions in the Arabic tongue, I would furnish it. He replied that he did not, as the policy of my government and of his Majesty’s government was the same, and was clearly understood by his Majesty and his ministers, and which policy would not be changed, as it was traditional and sanctified as the policy of the Sultans of this empire for many generations past.
I reassured him of the unfaltering purpose of the United States government to crush the rebellion at all hazards and at any cost, and stated its purpose to adopt whatever measures may be found necessary to accomplish that object. He replied that he hoped for a speedy termination of the rebellion, and had no doubt of the ability and strength of our government to conquer the insurgents.[Page 1221]
Here our interview ended. I may have gone too much into detail, but I wish to show you the feelings of this government.
Your circular letter No. 32, dated the 8th of February last, in duplicate, was also received on the 10th instant.
As there are no newspapers printed in this empire, I find it difficult to bring to public notice any information the department may wish to make known here. However, I will adopt the usual mode, by causing a synopsis of the facts contained in the circular to be written in Spanish and posted in the market place.
I herewith enclose an article from the “Gibraltar Chronicle.” I am advised, on reliable authority from Casablanca, that no danger is to be apprehended from the Moors to the lives and property of Christians in that town.
The simple fact is, the Medioona tribe have refused to pay their annual tribute to the Sultan. He ordered his general to coerce them. They live outside the walls of the town, and are defying his authority. Hence the wool trade of the interior is diverted from that port to the port of Mozagow, about twenty miles further south; and the English merchants of Casablanca (wool dealers) seeing their “craft in danger,” of course must interpose between the Sultan and his subjects. Up to the date of the letter referred to no one had been killed. “The field of battle must have presented a singular appearance,” indeed. I make the above statements because it is probable the English press may enlarge upon what is presented, to show how powerful the English nation is in Morocco.
I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, &c.