893.6363/1–2045: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in China (Atcheson)

310. Gavin and Notestein,10 who is substituting for Mackenzie, left Washington last week for China. Notestein is from the Foreign Production Division of the Petroleum Administration for War and Gavin is from the Foreign Refining Division.

Their mission is being made with the approval of the Nelson Mission which has agreed to give them all possible assistance (Reurtel 93, January 20). They will also need the assistance of the Chungking and provincial governments. To assure the full cooperation of the latter, you may wish to bring their mission to the attention of Dr. T. V. Soong and the Generalissimo11 in order that appropriate instructions may be issued to the provincial authorities.

  1. Frank B. Notestein reported from Casablanca that because of injuries from an accident, he was unable to continue; John L. Rich was substituted.
  2. President Chiang Kai-shek.