124.93/394a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Second Secretary of Embassy in China ( Atcheson ), at Nanking

368. Your 965, November 28, 9 a.m., 972, November 29, noon, and 973, November 29, 3 p.m.,60 and Ambassador’s November 29, 4 p.m.61

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The Department concurs in the Ambassador’s view that you and staff should not expose yourselves to imminent and serious danger by remaining at the Embassy, and feels that you and staff should remove to the U. S. S. Panay whenever you consider it advisable to do so. It is suggested that you keep in touch with your colleagues and in so far as practicable concert your action with theirs.

You should again urge all American citizens to evacuate.

  1. No. 973 not printed.
  2. To Atcheson; quoted in telegram No. 7, November 29, 3 p.m., from the Ambassador in China, not printed.