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United States Department of State / Executive documents printed by order of the House of Representatives, during the third session of the fortieth Congress, 1868-'69

Morocco,   pp. [163]-173 PDF (5.2 MB)

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                      Mr. MeMath to Mr. Seward.
                       AMERICA FOR THE EMPIRE OF MOROCCO,
                                           Tangier, February 3, 1868.
   SIR: It is with regret I have the honor to inform you that the cholera
 appeared in this city yesterday, and to-day our board of health com-
 menced to issue touched bills of health. The disease appeared among
 a very wretched class of Moors and Jews who have been suffering for
 want of food and clothing. In consequence of the great influx of Moors
 who have been driven from their houses on the Riffian coast by famine,
 now collected within and about this city, I fear we shall have this scourge
 in its worst form. I have never before witnessed such extreme wretch-
 edness and misery as now appears among the lower classes in this coun-
 try. By reason of the partial failure of the last harvest, and the appre-
 hension of a short harvest to come for the want of rain thus far during
 the winter months, the price of grain and breadstuffs has risen so high
 that they are absolutely beyond the reach of the poor, and but for pri-
 vate charityhundreds more would have already starved. The doorsofour
 consulate are besieged day and night by the starving poor, and through
 the entire twenty-four hours one hears nothing but the cry for bread.
 This state of things will continue, if it does not grow worse, until next
 Julyv when, it is to be hoped, if our harvest fails not, the cry will cease.
 Some of my colleagues, and particularly the minister plenipotentiary of
 Spain, have had a fund placed in their hands by their governments to
 relieve to a certain degree the pressing wants of the poori while others
 have contributed relief from their private purses. I respectfully sug-
 gest that if you can place a few hundred dollars in my hands for this pur-
 pose it shall be promptly and judiciously applied as a government char-
 ity, and together with what I shall continue to contribute out of my
 already overtaxed and small salary, it shall appear that our government
 is not behind others in relieving the pressing necessities of the starving
 and scourge-stricken poor.
   I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient, humble
                                            JESSE 11. Mc.31ATIEL
         Secretary of State, Washington, D. 0.
                     Mr. Seward to Mr. MeMath.
No. 38.]                         DEPARTRMENT OF STATE,
                                       Washingoon October 12, 18686
  SIR: There is a rumor here that differences in regard to precedence
have arisen among the members of the diplomatic and consular body at

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