893.841 Surtax/6: Telegram

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

282. Your 718, July 11, 5 p.m.

Department does not understand necessity of reserving position of American Government at Diplomatic Body meeting as Department’s 280 of July 9, 2 p.m., informed you that the Department saw no objection to protesting against tonnage dues collected in violation of treaty.
Representative of Robert Dollar Company called at the Department today with regard to question of tonnage dues and was informed in accordance with statement contained in telegram of July 7, 9 p.m., from American Consul at Shanghai quoted in your 705 of July 8, 3 p.m. that the American Consul at Shanghai had already protested against the tonnage tax.