The Chargé in China (Robertson) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 23—3:52 a.m.]
1846. Dawson was informed by Minister of Agriculture before latter’s departure to Shanghai Sunday that request for collaboration agreement mentioned in Dawson’s memorandum to the Dept on this subject dated Sept 13 is now in hands of the China Foreign Office.
The Minister mentioned a few changes in the draft as follows: An Extension Specialist is requested in addition to the others mentioned and the time of arrival changed from “January to April”. The Minister’s informal opinion is that March 1st would be a suitable date. It is not known yet, however, when the Ministry will move and not very practicable for mission to come to Chungking. Will report as soon as the request for collaboration agreement reaches Embassy with pertinent comments. Dawson’s return to Shanghai has been delayed awaiting the Embassy’s formal receipt of this document which is now expected this week.