893.01/147: Telegram

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

474. Your 302, December 5, 2 p.m., second paragraph, and last sentence paragraph 8 my 472, December 4, 3 p.m.

British Minister has likewise received authority to sign proposed statement. His Government has informed him that they are urging French Government to join in proposed action. He is further authorized to sign even without French concurrence if I agree.
While I consider far preferable that all Powers concerned should join in proposed action, I respectfully request authority to sign without French concurrence if representative here not instructed to sign by the time Department’s reply to this telegram received.
Effectiveness of the proposed action would be greatly impaired if not destroyed, it is submitted, should statement not be transmitted to Chinese Government and published prior to any hostile declaration by Dr. Sun Yat-sen advocating immediate cancelation or revision of so-called “unjust treaties”. See last sentence paragraph 6 my 472 mentioned above.