The Ambassador in Japan (Morris) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received 5.03 p.m.]
Your May 20, 7 p.m.34 I saw the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs yesterday and left with him the following memorandum which I hope will be approved by the Department.[Page 429]
“The American Government would again call to the attention of the Imperial Japanese Government the facts in regard to the unfortunate incident at Tientsin as fully set forth in the memorandum of the American Embassy submitted on April 9.35 It would appear that more than sufficient time has now elapsed to permit of the fullest investigation of the occurrence by the Imperial Japanese Government and the American Government would therefore again request the Imperial Japanese Government to take such official action as the essential and undisputed facts of the case would urgently call for.”
He emphasized the importance of the presence of American soldiers in the Japanese concession on the 12th which I fully explained had no connection with the essential facts and was not involved in the disavowals [asked of] the Japanese Government.