123 C 353/212: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Japan (Forbes)

5. Department’s 2, January 4, 11 p.m. For your information. On January 5 the Japanese Ambassador called, under cabled instructions from his Government, and expressed to me the deep regret of his Government at the assault on Consul Chamberlain. I replied that I was very much gratified that the Japanese Government had acted so promptly. I added that I had not yet received full reports of the incident and that upon the receipt of complete information, I would take the matter up with him further.

Repeat above promptly to Peiping.