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.