Mr. Fairchild to Mr. Evarts.
Madrid , January 17, 1881. (Received February 4.)
Sir: Referring to your instructions No. 80, of November 12, 1880, I have the honor to inform you that Colonel Mathews, consul at Tangiers, has transmitted to me much new and interesting (and horrible) information regarding the outrageous treatment which the Jews in Morocco continue to receive.
It seems that the promises of the Sultan have not been kept, and that it is almost impossible to procure the punishment of the officials who are known to be guilty of the crimes of unjustifiably inflicting heavy fines, imprisonment, and severe whippings, even to the death, upon the unhappy victims of their hatred.
At a meeting of the foreign representatives lately held at Tangier, it was agreed to present to the Sultan’s prime minister, Sid Mohamed Bargash, a collective note of protest against the actions of Moorish officials in this regard.
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I suppose the consul at Tangier sends to the Department the same information with which he favors this legation, but, lest I may be mistaken, I inclose a literal copy of the collective note of protest above referred to, as it concisely tells the story of the present situation of affairs in Morocco.
I have, &c.,
- May 2, 1880.↩