The Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs ( Soong ) to the Assistant Secretary of State ( Clayton )

Dear Will: Enclosed please find copy of my letter to Secretary Morgenthau. I am anxious to get his confirmation before I leave for San Francisco,57 as I understand he is leaving for Florida tomorrow afternoon and will not be returning till next Tuesday.

In case I get his reply tomorrow I could return to San Francisco immediately; if not, I will be bogged down till next week; in which case I hope Ed58 will understand I am not a willing delinquent.

Thank you for your helpfulness in attending the conference this afternoon.

Yours sincerely,

Tse Vun Soong

The Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs ( Soong ) to the Secretary of the Treasury ( Morgenthau )

My Dear Mr. Secretary: May I express my appreciation of the frank talk we had at luncheon, and the helpful attitude you showed at the conference this afternoon.

I have cabled to the Generalissimo your suggestion of setting up a $500 million Reconstruction Fund, and will let you know as soon as I have his reply. I added that you recognized that the above suggestion and the question of gold delivery are two separate matters; that there is no question of the validity of your prior commitment; that you are ready to meet it; and that gold will be made available.

In view of the urgency of the situation, I shall appreciate it if you will kindly designate some member of your Department to discuss the details with my assistants, Mr. Tsu-yee Pei59 and Dr. W. Y. Lin,60 so that the necessary shipments could be made at once.

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As Mr. Clayton said this afternoon, I have to return to San Francisco to meet my engagements there, accordingly I shall be grateful for your prompt reply.

Faithfully yours,

Tse Vun Soong
  1. Dr. Soong was Chairman of the Chinese Delegation to the United Nations Conference on International Organization at San Francisco.
  2. Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., Chairman of the American Delegation.
  3. Chief financial adviser to Dr. Soong.
  4. Lin Wei-yin, secretary to Dr. Soong.