File No. 893.51/1756

The Secretary of State to Mr. Arthur Reynold

Sir: The Department acknowledges the receipt of your telegram of March 14, 1917, requesting that the American Minister at Peking endeavor to secure an extension of the time which your representative may be permitted to make investigations in China and conduct negotiations for a loan to the Chinese Government by your bank.

In reply I have to advise you that the Chinese Minister has just informed the Department that he telegraphed yesterday to Mr. J. J. Abbott, now en route to Peking, that the extension had been granted.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
William Phillips