Marshall Mission Files, Lot 54–D270

Memorandum by General Chou En-lai to General Marshall55

My Dear General Marshall: I have received a letter from Mr. O. J. Todd, adviser of Yellow River Commission, asking me to investigate the Lu Wang Fen incident. Meanwhile I was told that he had informed you about it as well.

A thorough investigation carried by our side reveals that the incident was brought about by the impertinent actions of some lower level officers who had been ignorant of the agreement reached on the control of Yellow River. For this unfortunate incident I deeply apologize. While instructing them to release without delay and send back under protection the 15 people detained, I have issued severe order to the responsible organs to punish the wrong-doers and to guarantee the non-recurrence of similar incident henceforth, and a full cooperation in pursuit of the previous Agreement.

[Signature in Chinese]
Chou En-lai
  1. General Marshall repeated this message to J. Franklin Ray, American acting Director of the China Office, United Nations Rehabilitation and Relief Agency (UNRRA).