The Diplomatic Agent at Tangier (Blake) to the Secretary of State

No. 1370

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Instruction No. 996 of June 24, 1938, and I beg to enclose copy of a Note which, in pursuance thereof, I have addressed to the Resident General of France at Rabat.

I shall not fail to advise the Department by cable, as soon as General Noguès, in response to my communication, shall have indicated his readiness to proceed with negotiations for the settlement of existing American claims in French Morocco.

Respectfully yours,

Maxwell Blake

The Diplomatic Agent at Tangier (Blake) to the French Resident General in Morocco (Noguès)

Mr. Resident General: I have the honor to recall to Your Excellency’s attention the matter of the settlement of American claims in the French Zone of Morocco, which have been the subject of discussion between the Diplomatic Cabinet at Rabat and the American Consulate at Casablanca, and also between your Residency General and the American Legation at Tangier, over a period of several years.

I presume that Your Excellency has been informed of certain correspondence exchanged between the French Embassy and the Department of State in Washington, particularly, of a Note dated October 19, 193741 from the latter responding to a communication of August 26, 1937,42 by which the French Government requested the American Government to consider the conclusion of an agreement between the United States and France, similar to that concluded between France and Great Britain, in relation to a surrender of capitulatory rights in Morocco.

In that correspondence, it may be noted, the Department of State expressed a desire for a settlement of the American claims above referred [Page 883]to, in order that all outstanding questions affecting the interests of the French Zone might be solved to the mutual satisfaction of the two governments.

Consequently, under the authority of the Department of State, I now have the honor to approach Your Excellency with a view to the arrangement between us of details for such a settlement. I therefore trust that Your Excellency will be good enough to favor me, at a conveniently early date, with proposals as to a conference for the examination of a mutually satisfactory solution of the matters herein referred to.

Please accept [etc.]

Maxwell Blake