452.11/208: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Spain (Hammond)

52. Department’s 45, June 22, 11 a.m. 1. Department has received Blake’s despatch 311 July 12, which it understands he has discussed [Page 359]with you in detail. The Department is now awaiting an offer from the Spanish Government to settle the Moroccan claims on the basis of the joint report and you may so intimate to the Spanish Government in such manner as may seem advisable to you.

2. The Department would greatly prefer to have the claims regarding which the Spanish Consul General at Tangier entered reservations included in the settlement and has instructed Blake to furnish you with a comprehensive memorandum citing the reasons and precedents supporting, these claims for your possible use in conversations with the Spanish Government.

3. Upon receipt of a Spanish offer you should inform the Department by cable with your comments and recommendations.