The Minister in China (Crane) to the Secretary of State
[Received April 12—3:16 a.m.]
152. Your telegram no. 18, January 20.91 A nearly verbatim copy of the text of that cable has been received by the British Legation which has been instructed to cable its views after consulting this Legation on the matter.
It is the desire of the British Legation to learn what governments, besides that of Great Britain, the American Government has approached. I desire instructions as to the extent I have authority to discuss this proposal and with whom.