893.102S/1241: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in China (Johnson)

316. Your 1091, September 13, 9 p.m., and 1096, September 15, noon. If the instructions issued to the British Consul General at Shanghai, referred to in the penultimate paragraph of your 1091, September 13, 9 p.m., still stand substantially as reported in the last two paragraphs of that telegram, the Department approves your instruction to the American Consul General at Shanghai but desires the deletion of [Page 647] all of that part of the last sentence of that instruction which follows the word “required” in order to avoid our placing on record in a meeting of the Shanghai Consular Body an opinion which is open to possible undesirable interpretations.