The Secretary of State to the Counselor of Embassy in China (Butrick), at Peiping
228. Department is informed that the Navy Department is chartering S. S. President Madison for one trip from Chinwangtao to Manila for the purpose of transporting to Manila the American marine detachments at Peiping, Tientsin and Chinwangtao together with civilians who may wish to sail on the S. S. President Madison. The Navy Department states that it is expected that the President Madison will arrive at Chinwangtao on or about December 10 and will sail from Chinwangtao some 3 days later. The Navy Department stated that Admiral Hart is keeping the American diplomatic and consular officers concerned promptly and fully informed in regard to the matter.
Sent to Peiping. Repeated to Chungking, Shanghai, and Tientsin. Peiping repeat to Tokyo, Mukden and Harbin.