The Ambassador in Japan (Grew) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 23—7:20 a.m.]
299. Shanghai’s unnumbered August 19, 3 p.m., and my 294, August 21, 2 p.m., paragraph 3.1[Page 489]
August 20 the Embassy delivered to the Foreign Office copy of the list of places of residence of American missionaries contained in Shanghai’s August 19, 3 p.m. Today the Foreign Office orally stated that after consultation with the Navy Department the following reply is made:
Desiring as Japan does to avoid harm to Americans or American property the Japanese Navy has issued orders to that effect. List received from the American Embassy has been transmitted to the Japanese officers in command. The Navy hopes that American properties will be conspicuously marked. The Navy suggests that Americans be advised to evacuate such properties as may become occupied by Chinese forces. It is also the hope of the Navy that the American authorities will continuously feel free to convey any additional information about such properties which might add to the effectiveness of Japan’s desire to keep American interests unharmed.
Repeated to Shanghai for relay to Nanking.
- Neither printed; the telegram of August 19 was sent to the Department as No. 514.↩