893.5151/860: Telegram

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

612. Peiping’s despatch no. 3123, May 20, seizure of American relief funds from Mr. Elmer W. Gait; despatch no. 36, June 18, seizure of American currency belonging to Mr. M. H. Patton; and despatch no. 37, June 18, confiscation of Chinese currency belonging to Mr. Bergman B. Lee.25

The Department desires that the Embassy, if it perceives no objection and has not already done so, make appropriate representations to the Foreign Office with regard to these three cases involving seizure [Page 796] of funds belonging to Americans and an American organization by Japanese officials and by Japanese agents.30

Sent to Tokyo via Peiping. Repeated to Tientsin and Chungking.

  1. None printed.
  2. In telegram No. 1551, October 1, 10 a.m., Ambassador Grew reported to the Department that appropriate representations were made to the Japanese Foreign Office in a third-person note dated September 30 (893.5151/872).