The Ambassador in Great Britain ( Dawes ) to the Secretary of State

No. 1406

Sir: I have the honor to refer to my despatch No. 1229, September 25, 1930, relating to the electric light concession in Tangier, and to enclose a copy, in triplicate, of a Foreign Office note received today,24 [Page 602] in which the Foreign Office more or less re-considers the position taken in former conversations with an officer of the Embassy, and would appear to be considering favorably the possibility of granting this concession to the Franco-Spanish merger. However, the last paragraph of the note asks that inquiries be made as to whether the State Department shares the views of the Foreign Office on this question, as set forth in its note of November 18, and, if so, whether the State Department, in the interests of the Tangier Zone, would join with the British in accepting a compromise of sorts. I have informed the Foreign Office that the matter has been referred to the Department of State.

Subsequently to the receipt of this note I was asked orally to regard as strictly confidential this consultative action of the British on this question.

Respectfully yours,

(For the Ambassador)
Ray Atherton

Counselor of Embassy
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