500.A 4 e/279: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in China (MacMurray)

222. Your No. 342, August 22, 10 a.m. The Government of the United States will issue to John Van A. MacMurray and Silas Strawn, its delegates to Special Conference on Chinese Tariffs, full power and authority for and in the name of the United States to meet and confer with the duly authorized representatives of other Governments signatory or adherent to the Nine Power Treaty of [Page 842]February 6, 1922, and represented at the Special Conference, being invested with like authority, and with them to negotiate, conclude and sign any treaties, conventions or other acts adopted by the Special Conference, the same to be transmitted to the President of the United States for his ratification by and with the consent of the Senate thereof.

The above information is being communicated to other interested Governments through diplomatic missions which are being instructed at the instance of the Secretary of State to express the hope that they will find themselves able to issue similar authority to their delegates to the forthcoming Conference.