121.893/1–846: Telegram

General Marshall to the Under Secretary of State (Acheson)

26. Reference 91636 from Davis49 and your number 28, January 4, 8 p.m.:50 Robertson is due if current negotiations are successful to be chairman of 3-man commission in Peking administering details of cessation of hostilities, reopening of communications, etc. I have arranged to take over personally direct general supervision of Embassy during his absence.

His prestige in vital job in Peking would be seriously damaged by change of status therefore I desire to continue him as Minister for present.

Due to the lack of experienced China service personnel other than Smyth51 I desire that he be held here for at least 6 weeks after arrival of Butterworth. I hope that 2 months or less from now Robertson’s special job will have been completed. Hereafter I imagine your arrangements for permanent set up of Embassy can be conveniently put into effect without prejudice to my mission.

  1. Not printed; this telegram dealt with assignment of W. Walton Butterworth to the Embassy in China (Marshall Mission Files, Lot 54–D270).
  2. Not printed.
  3. Robert L. Smyth, Counselor of Embassy in China.