793.94/3902a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Switzerland (Wilson), at Geneva

1. Inasmuch as you are now in Geneva the Department wishes you to keep in touch with the developments on the Sino-Japanese situation in Geneva just as you did before sailing for the United States. It does not, however, desire any change in the present method of reporting to the Department which has been highly satisfactory.

It is desired that you avail yourself freely of Gilbert’s assistance both in regard to keeping in contact with the situation and in regard to preparing and transmitting reports and communications to and from the Department, using the facilities of the Consulate exactly as heretofore. I wish to caution you that the time element is of the greatest importance in this matter. If at any time it should be necessary for you to be absent from Geneva even for a short period Gilbert should carry on as heretofore in your absence. The Department will address telegrams on this subject to you “Care of Amdelgat,23 Geneva, for Minister Wilson”. The telegrams are not intended for the Delegation but for you and Gilbert. This will, however, provide a facility for prompt coordination in the event that the question is brought up at the Disarmament Conference.

I have been proceeding on the suggestion contained in your 13, January 18, 11 a.m., (approved in my 14, January 18, 6 p.m.)24 which indicated that at that time you did not think it advisable to take up the Manchurian question yourself. I assumed that you would advise me when you thought the time came for a change in procedure.

  1. American delegation to the General Disarmament Conference.
  2. Neither printed.