The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China (Gauss)
1042. The Department much appreciates your action in regard to the projected new posts in China and also your recommendations and suggestions.
1. As soon as officers for the new assignments are available you are authorized to detail them as officers of the Embassy to temporary duty at Chengtu,4 Lanchow, Tihua5 and Sian.6 Regular offices will not be established. In every case you should of course telegraph Department name of officer, post of detail and pertinent dates. Department will then also commission them as consular officers at Kunming in order that they may perform some consular functions for American citizens. They will be listed as officers of the Embassy on temporary detail at the places named. Their salaries and those of subordinate employees and other official expenses will be included in the Embassy’s accounts. For purposes of correspondence, they will be addressed as “Secretary of Embassy on detail at blank”. All telegrams to and from the Department will be through the Embassy.
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