The Secretary of State to the German Chargé.

No. 277.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 28th ultimo, transmitting a copy of the German-French understanding reached at Paris on the 28th of September last, regarding a conference to be held at Algeciras for the purpose of considering measures looking toward an improvement of the present conditions in the Enapire of the Shereef.

I note that the Sultan of Morocco has formally accepted the programme as well as the place of the conference.

In reply to your inquiry to that effect, I have the honor to state that this government, as one of the powers which signed the convention concluded at Madrid July 3, 1880, concerning the right of protection in Morocco, is ready to take part in the conference and agrees to Algeciras as the place at which it shall be held.

Accept, etc.,

Elihu Root.