The Secretary of State to the Chargé in China (Robertson)
1897. Dept duly transmitted to Lowdermilk the offer of employment made to him (Urtel 1789 Oct 13 and previous) by Ministry of Agriculture and has received a letter from him51 asking that appropriate Chinese officials be informed that he cannot accept the appointment although he appreciates the honor and is willing to continue participation in collaboration between Department of Agriculture and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. He believes that proposed arrangement should be considered in connection with overall collaboration between the two governments. Dept has therefore referred to Agriculture52 the proposal made by Chinese to Lowdermilk for consideration in connection with overall plan for agricultural cooperation.