The Chargé at Tangier (Childs) to the Secretary of State

No. 906

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the Department’s telegram no. 129 of July 18, 9 p.m.,70 authorizing me to submit to the Spanish authorities the draft of the note enclosed in my despatch no. 843 of June 18, 1942, on the understanding that the failure of the British Consul General to base a similar complaint on the British-Moroccan Treaty of 1856 does not involve any question as to the validity of my proposed statement in our note concerning the construction of Article 3 of that treaty, in view of the absence of any reference to the treaty in the British Consul General’s representations of June 9 to the Spanish authorities.

Mr. Gascoigne, the British Consul General, after being acquainted with my proposed note, referred to Article 3 of the British general treaty of 1856 in a subsequent communication which he addressed to the Spanish authorities on June 22, 1942, of which a copy is enclosed.70 There is likewise enclosed a translation of the reply70 to his representations from General Uriarte, Delegate in Tangier of the Spanish High Commissioner.71

In view of the foregoing I have forwarded the note which the Department has authorized me to make to the Spanish Consul72 and will not fail to inform the Department of any reply that may be received.

Respectfully yours,

J. Rives Childs
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  4. Gen. Luis Orgaz.
  5. Apparently dated July 20, 1942; for text, see supra.