893.61A/7–1745: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China (Hurley)

1214. It should be explained to appropriate authorities that since Constitution prohibits persons holding office under the United States from accepting without consent of Congress “any present, emolument, office or title of any kind whatever” from a foreign State, it is regretted that Dawson cannot be permitted to accept title or office of Honorary Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture (Urtel 1171, July 17), but that Department is gratified by this evidence of Agricultural Ministry’s regard for Dawson. (See 4 Hackworth’s Digest 475.)