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

No. 1280

Sir: With reference to your telegraphic instruction No. 29, June 11, 7 p.m., 1929, and my reply No. 41, June 19, 4 p.m., 1929, I have the honor to report that I today saw Mr. Saavedra, the Director General of Moroccan Affairs.

Mr. Saavedra informed me that he had now examined the recent agreement between Mr. Blake and General Jordana, and expected to be able to make his report to Marques de Estella within a week. While he implied that he was not altogether satisfied with the settlement of the Raisuli claim, he promised that I would receive a note from the President of the Council in regard to these negotiations before the latter left on his summer holiday on July 14th. He added, perhaps as an excuse for the great delay of the Spanish Government in coming to a decision, that it was not the sum of money involved which was small, but the questions of principle involved which required careful study by the competent authorities.

A copy of this despatch is being transmitted to Mr. Blake for his information.

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Ogden H. Hammond