893.5045/329: Telegram

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


192. My telegram 176, April 15, noon. Following from American consul general, Canton:

“April 19, 3 p.m. Your telegram April 15, noon; my April 17, noon.25 As my despatch March 826 explained, possibilities of trouble with Chinese seem to be so remote that I think an escort should be furnished, and especially in view of the fact that several times British convoys experienced no trouble and that oil shipments have been requested by Wuchow authorities.”

I replied April 22 [sic], 3 p.m., as follows:

“Your April 19, 3 p.m. I approve naval convoy to Wuchow be provided, in the circumstances, for Standard Oil lighters.”

  1. Latter not found in Department files.
  2. Not printed.