The Consul General at Casablanca (Goold) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 5.]
Sir: I have the honor to enclose a copy of my letter of July 13th to the Honorable Maxwell Blake at Tangier together with its enclosures concerning the matter of a proposed protest to be made to the Protectorate Authorities with reference to the dismissal of British Consuls from the ports of the Protectorate, and Mr. Blake’s reply. The proposed protest was to be based on the theory that the exequaturs [Page 819]of the Consuls were issued to them by the Sultan and countersigned by the Resident General as the Sultan’s Foreign Minister—all in accordance with the Protectorate treaty61—and that consequently the action of the French Government in dismissing the Consuls was illegal.
I do not know to what extent the Department is interested in the maintenance of the fiction of the Protectorate in Morocco, but if it is interested to any extent, here is undoubtedly an opportunity to make a point which the French may, when peace treaty making time comes, [have reason?] to be grateful for.
I have the honor to ask instructions.