The Secretary of State to the Minister in China ( MacMurray )
107. Your telegram No. 226, May 23, 2 p.m. Instructions suggested in second paragraph of your telegram are approved.
The Department considers it preferable to have Mayer confer with Tredwell only at Hongkong. However, in instructions sent to Tredwell10 he is authorized to go to Canton if Mayer so requests. If you consider it necessary you may authorize Chamberlain to go to Canton for conference with Mayer.
The Department prefers to have Mayer use commercial transportation. If commercial transportation is available, no request will be made of the Navy.11