The Consul General at Canton (Jenkins) to the Minister in China (MacMurray)15
Sir: I have the honor to transmit a copy of an additional note of protest, dated July 14, 1926, from Eugene Chen, the so-called Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Cantonese regime, respecting the resumption of the Special Tariff Conference at Peking. It will be observed that Mr. Chen declares that the so-called Nationalist Government is opposed to the Powers dealing with the representatives of the Peking government, who, according to Chen, are the mere servitors of Wu and Chang, a brace of mediaeval militarists.
I frankly do not relish these newspaper tirades from Mr. Chen, so obviously written for publication and shall tell him so unofficially when I see him again. (This note was published in the Canton Gazette of Thursday, July 15, 1926.)
I should be pleased to have the Legation advise me whether or not this note should be acknowledged by the Consulate General and if so in just what form. It would seem to me that the occasion affords an opportunity for the Legation to express itself respecting the attitude of our Government in relation to the Tariff Conference and the Cantonese regime.
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- Copy transmitted to the Department by the consul general as an enclosure to his undated despatch No. 592; received Aug. 17, 1926.↩