The Acting Secretary of State to the French Ambassador.

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s note of the 3d instant, inclosing a copy of the text of the recent agreement reached between the Government of the French Republic and the Imperial German Government in relation to Morocco, and requesting the adhesion of the Government of the United States to this agreement.

In reply I beg to say that as the adherence of this Government to such an agreement would seem to imply the modification of certain of its existing treaty rights, the consent to such adherence on the part of the United States involves the conjoint action of the treaty-making powers of this Government and our acceptance of the agreement in question could therefor be made only by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Department will be glad, at any time you so desire, to discuss more fully with your excellency the questions presented by the agreement above mentioned.

Accept, excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration.

Alvey A. Adee,
Acting Secretary of State.