File No. 295/329.

Minister Dodge to the Secretary of State.

No. 62.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your instruction No. 12 (File No. 295/307–310) of the 18th ultimo concerning the conferences held at Fez in March last by the French and Spanish ministers and delegates of the Sultan in regard to the execution of certain of the provisions of the act of Algeciras and other matters, and I will not fail to keep myself informed upon this subject as directed. The discussion of these questions has been resumed and is still proceeding at Paris and Madrid with the Moorish missions, which are now there, but nothing is as yet known as to any results which may have been reached.

Referring to paragraph 1 of your instruction in regard to the regulations of the right of foreigners to hold real property in Morocco, there would seem to be no doubt as to the correctness of the department’s understanding “that American citizens will be accorded the same rights in this matter that will be extended to the citizens of other powers.”

Referring to paragraph 2 the question of the payment of the expenses of the various delegates to the Casablanca Mixed Claims Commission has not yet been settled. The department’s directions as to this matter have been duly noted.

I have, etc.,

H. Percival Dodge.