893.00 Nanking/236: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in China (Mayer)


99. The following is for the Minister: Paragraph 2 of the Minister’s February 29, 5 p.m.

Your decision not to land at Nanking is approved by the Department but it is suggested that, without prior announcement, you might find it advisable to delay at Nanking long enough for Paxton and Bucknell8 or some other qualified person to make a cursory investigation as to the condition of American property, the consulate included, thus affording official information for later use by you. You may follow your own discretion in this regard.
Bulletins in regard to your observations and your movements would be appreciated by the Department if radio connections make this practicable.
  1. Howard Bucknell, Jr., third secretary of Legation in China.