The Chargé in the Netherlands (Wilson) to the Secretary of State

No. 135

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s instruction No. 90, of December 24, 1934,9 with which was enclosed a copy of an instruction to the Embassy in Paris outlining our attitude towards the French proposals for the modification of the customs regime in Morocco.

I went today to see the Minister for Foreign Affairs and informed him that we were delivering a note of protest to the French Government, at the same time informing him of certain details contained in that note as to the basis for our contention that the French will, by the establishment of a quota system, disregard the guarantees contained in the various treaties concerning Morocco.

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Jonkheer de Graeff told me that the Netherlands Government expected to protest to the French Government and had been waiting for information as to action taken by other interested Governments. He added that he had been especially anxious to hear what steps we would take and that he thought there would now be no great delay. He expects to inform the Legation as soon as the Netherlands note has actually been delivered to the French Government.

Respectfully yours,

Warden McK. Wilson
  1. Not printed; see instruction No. 669, December 18, 1934, to the Ambassador in France, Foreign Relations, 1934, vol. ii, p. 876.