The Minister in China (Schurman) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 30—10:53 a.m.]
268. Your 156, July 15, 7 a.m. [6 p.m.] Following telegram was sent today to consul Harbin:
“July 30, 6 p.m. My July 22, 1 p.m. Four Ministers today agreed on following telegram to Harbin consuls.
‘While the Ministers accept the conclusion of the consuls that the present time is not opportune for the removal of the seals, they desire to impress the consuls with their conviction that the seals should be removed at the earliest practicable date. As to this date they would desire to be advised by the consuls’.
For your knowledge and guidance I would say that I am very desirous of the early removal of the seals which is the instruction of the Department.”