The Minister in China (MacMurray) to the Consul General at Hankow (Lockhart)55

Sir: I beg leave to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch No. L 505 of July 13, 1928,54 reporting the endeavor of the Wuchang-Hanyang-Hankow Tobacco and Wine Business License Branch Bureau to impose a tax upon the Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company’s place of business. You state that since this is a tax not upon the products of the company but upon an American legal person you propose informing the Commissioner of Foreign Affairs that it cannot be considered as applicable to American firms until the agreement of the American authorities to it has been obtained.

The Legation approves of your suggestion and desires to be informed of any developments which may occur subsequent to your reply to the Commissioner of Foreign Affairs.

I am [etc.]

J. V. A. MacMurray
  1. Copy transmitted to the Department by the consul in charge in his despatch No. 890, Oct. 2, 1928; received November 13.
  2. Not printed.