The Ambassador in China ( Johnson ) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 7—9:40 a.m.]
532. My 530, November 5, noon [midnight?]. Greenway, Secretary of the British Embassy, and Major Scott, Assistant British Military Attaché, in separate conversations on the evening of November 6 inquired of me, of Peck and of Captain Mattice9 what information we had to peace party and peace movement among Chinese political leaders. They said that the British Ambassador has instructed them to investigate this subject. Without, of course, any previous consultation we each replied that we had not discovered any peace party or any professed advocates of compromise with Japan among Chinese political leaders. We did not deny the possibility that there might be advocates of a compromise.
Shanghai please repeat this and my message under reference to Tokyo.
Repeated to Shanghai and Peiping.
- Capt. Earl Mattice, War Department language officer in China.↩