893.00 Nanking/27½

Memorandum by the Secretary of State

The British Ambassador called on me late Saturday afternoon (April 2, 1927) at my home and wanted to know what steps we were going to take about a demand for apologies and reparations for the damages done to persons and property of Americans in Nanking. I told him, strictly confidentially, that we were authorizing MacMurray to join with the other Powers in making such demands substantially as MacMurray had recommended but cutting out any ultimatum with a time limit. I stated to the Ambassador that I did not want this to be announced from London but thought if it was done, it should be announced from all the capitals simultaneously.