File No. 2151/299–300.
Minister Gummeré to the Secretary of State.
Tangier, December 7, 1908.
Sir: I have the honor to confirm my telegram to the department of this date, reporting that a reply to the collective note of the powers presented to Mulai Hafid by the dean of the foreign representatives at Tangier, has been received, in which all the conditions of the said note have been accepted without reserve, with the exception of a slight reservation as to the verification of the debts owing by the Moorish Government to various persons.
I have the honor to report further that on the evening of the 5th instant, a letter from the dean was circulated among the diplomatic body, announcing that the reply of Mulai Hafid had been received, and requesting that interpreters of the various legations should meet at the Belgian Legation at 9 o’clock the next morning for the purpose of translating the same, and calling for a meeting of the diplomatic body at the said legation at 3 p.m., of the same day, for the purpose of considering the said reply of Mulai Hafid. At that hour, accordingly, the said meeting of the diplomatic body was held, and the [Page 653] letter of Mulai Hafid, together with the official translation thereof, was submitted to them by the dean. As reported to the department in my telegram, in his said reply Mulai Hafid accepts all the terms of the collective note of the powers, without reservation, except a slight one as to the verification of certain debts. It was unanimously decided by the diplomatic representatives that the said reservation was unimportant and that the official translation of Mulai Hafid’s reply should be at once submitted to their respective Governments for their consideration and action thereon. I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of the said official translation for the department’s consideration. The action of the various Governments in the matter will be reported to the department, and, as directed by the department, I will confer with the dean as to the form and manner of the recognition of the new Sultan, by the United States, in case the same is agreed upon by the powers, reporting to the department by cable as to details.
I am, etc.,