The Secretary of State to the Secretary of War

Sir: I have the honor to refer to your letter of September 6, 1928,95 requesting to be informed whether the troops and agencies of the United States Army in China have been satisfactory to this Department from the point of view of the American Minister to China, and the Department’s reply of September 20, 1928,96 stating that the American Minister had been instructed to prepare a report on this subject. I now have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of the latter’s confidential despatch No. 1679 dated September 27, 1928, in which he sets forth his appreciation of the cooperation rendered him by the forces of the United States Army in China. I may add that this Department shares entirely the views expressed by Mr. MacMurray, and I trust that you may see fit to communicate to the Commander of those forces the substance of the Minister’s statement [Page 323] of appreciation in the manner indicated in the final paragraph of his despatch.

I have [etc.]

Frank B. Kellogg
  1. Brig. Gen. Joseph C. Castner, commanding U. S. Army forces in China, May 15, 1926, to March 17, 1929, when the status of this force as a separate command was terminated.
  2. Not printed.