893.74/612: Telegram

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


260. Legation’s telegram 404, September 18, noon. I have just sent you a very strong telegram regarding Federal Telegraph Company’s contract. I do not believe it would be wise to have the President send a personal message on this matter to the Chinese Chief Executive. It is not my desire to have our general policy in China depend upon the fulfillment by China of this particular contract. Our position might be very seriously prejudiced should Tuan publish such a telegram from President Coolidge. I want to have a free hand at the conference in dealing with China and not to be bound by any bargain depending upon concessions. I am sending today for the Chinese Minister and telling him that you are to call upon the Chief Executive with my approval in an effort to obtain a definite answer regarding the contract.