The Minister in China ( Crane ) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 19.]
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s instruction of March 10, 1921, No. 142, regarding the question of asylum in the Legation Quarter in Peking. A circular letter based on this instruction, and addressed to American residents in the Quarter, has been drafted and a copy thereof is enclosed for the Department’s consideration.
I venture, however, to call attention to the fact that my letter of July 28, 1920, to American residents, which has received the Department’s approval in this instruction, is more sweeping in its terms than paragraphs 50 and 51 of the Department’s Instructions to Diplomatic Officers of the United States, which appear to leave to the Diplomatic Officers a certain latitude of judgment in the granting or denying of asylum. By its present instruction, however, (paragraph 3) the Department appears to be of the opinion that American Diplomatic Officers and American residents in the Quarter are on the same footing and governed by the same rules in the granting [Page 344] of asylum. To avoid any possible inconsistency, therefore, I would suggest that my letter of July 28, 1920, stand without further commentary and without the issuance of a letter along the lines of the enclosure to this despatch.
I have [etc.]