The Assistant Secretary of State (Clayton) to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior (Straus)

My Dear Mr. Straus: I acknowledge receipt of your letter of the fourth ultimo enclosing an agreement in quadruplicate for the preparation [Page 1445]of a report on the Yangtze Basin, between the United States and the National Resources Commission of China.

As advised you over the telephone, the Department of State has no objection to offer to this agreement but deems its formal approval of the same unnecessary. However, I have attested the four copies of this contract and return them to you herewith.

Sincerely yours,

W. L. Clayton