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LYAUTEY (Hubert). 1854-1934. Marshal of France,...
LYAUTEY (Hubert). 1854-1934. Marshal of France, a figure of colonialism. Correspondence to Raymond Poincaré. 1912-1928. 61 L.A.S., 174 pp. in-8 and 33 pp. in-4, corner letterhead of the general or at his address in Thorey, a typed copy of letter to Barthou (8 pp. in-4), attached a copy of telegram. General Lyautey's magnificent friendly and political correspondence, congratulating Poincaré during his political and academic career, evoking the close ties that could unite the two men, on his side and on many occasions, Lyautey shared his observations and doubts about the colonization of North Africa and Morocco in particular, particularly on the status of the Protectorate, requesting advice or warning against various projects. November 1912, with the mention "personal". (...) You express your surprise at the way in which I seemed to associate myself with the former sultan's ideas, regretting that the Franco-German agreement was not respected and that the Protectorate Treaty was imposed on him. You point out to me that when I left for Morocco, I had no objection to the principle of the protectorate (...). He did not want to be in opposition to the government and set out his views in detail on the subject, not hesitating to compare Egypt's status vis-à-vis England. 1913. He announced that he was sending his secretary to bring the borrowing project to a successful conclusion. From a political and military point of view, I don't think it could be more satisfactory (...). I have summarized it in a note that he will give you (...). 1914. (...) You kindly told me that you were staying "my witnesses" and I kept this word (...) As I have such great interests to look after, I feel very isolated (...). It took all the support, trust and sympathy to which I was accustomed and which I sorely need. Never before have I felt our Moroccan work take shape with greater clarity (...). I feel in control of my subject, of my tools, confident of the result (...). I will serve France a clear Morocco (...). / More than ever, while the political atmosphere is so charged and the ministerial situation so precarious, I look at you, any question of personal dedication aside, such as the "permanence" with which only one can talk seriously and consistently (...). 1920. About the Lorrains in Casablanca, the publication of her Letters to the Tonkins, several recommendations, many invitations during her stays in France, tributes to Mrs Poincaré, etc. 1922. Warning against a project to recruit indigenous Muslims: (...) I believe that we can and must end up here with a special, simple, adapted and economical formula. It can only be fully clarified (...) when, having gotten hold of everything I call "useful Morocco", we will have all the elements of the question. But for God! Let us not embark on anything definitive beforehand. However, from the beginning, since before 1914, I have constantly had to react here against an obvious tendency of the war offices, to want to put Morocco "in the mould" as soon as possible. I say that this is a mistake and that it would be unnecessarily very expensive (...). 1924. Welcoming the success of an operation in the Ouergha "without a shotgun", etc. Attached 3 letters from Pierre Lyautey
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