The Chargé in China (Atcheson) to the Secretary of State
[Received 10:15 a.m.]
464. During a conversation with the Foreign Minister53 March 19, on a number of subjects I brought up the matter of the draft consular convention54 (last sentence ReDepts 352, March 1, 8 p.m.55), mentioned the length of time that had elapsed since it was presented to the Foreign Office, and remarked that our thought had been that negotiation of it would be comparatively routine and easy and that it was a question that we might well conclude and get off our hands. He was non-committal in reply, saying merely that he would look into the matter and communicate with me later. I propose to raise the question with him again upon presenting the draft commercial treaty when authorization to do so is received (ReDepts, 260, February 16, 3  p.m.55 and ReEmbs 366, March 5, 2 p.m.), and at that time press the matter more strongly.