The Consul General at Hankow (Lockhart) to the Minister in China (MacMurray)38

No. 660

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Legation’s circular telegram of February 20, 1929, requesting a list of American property in this consular district now occupied by Chinese authorities.

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Definite information concerning the occupation of American property by Chinese troops or officials is now available in the following cases:

Hankow Consular District:

Under date of March 9, 1929, the Reverend Peter Matson reported as follows: “Our church and our Boys’ School building at Nanchang hsien (Hupeh) are still being occupied by the local Tang Pu[”].39

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In connection with the statement of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Chinese National Government, as contained in the Legation’s instruction under reply, the following excerpt from the letter received from the Reverend Peter Matson may be of interest:

“I complied last autumn with a request from the Nanking Government to furnish them with a list of properties occupied. Several letters have passed between us and they have repeatedly promised to order the Tang Pu to restore to us our property. This promise has been given several times but the Tang Pu is still occupying the church and the school buildings.”

I have [etc.]

F. P. Lockhart
  1. Copy transmitted to the Department without covering despatch; received April 29, 1929.
  2. Party office of the Kuomintang or Nationalist Party.