The Secretary of State to the Chargé in China (Ruddock)

No. 286

Sir: The Department is in receipt of the Legation’s despatch No. 1243, of June 1, 1921, enclosing a copy of a draft of a circular letter addressed to American residents of the Diplomatic Quarter in Peking, [Page 346] regarding the granting of asylum to Chinese refugees in the Legation Quarter. You suggest that your letter of July 28, 1920, stand without further commentary and without the issuance of a letter along the lines of the enclosure with your despatch.

The Department considers that American residents of the Legation Quarter in Peking should be informed of its attitude concerning the granting of asylum therein to Chinese refugees, and requests that a communication along the lines of the draft enclosed with your despatch be addressed to American residents of the Quarter, in accordance with the Department’s instructions of May [March] 10, 1921.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
F. M. Dearing