Marshall Mission Files, Lot 54–D270: Telegram

General Marshall to Colonel James C. Davis 58

1285. Getting in touch with General Johnson for expression of opinion on rapidity with which negotiations can be carried out with the Chinese re 90012. Believe it desirable permit Chinese purchase of these supplies if they are prepared for early decision. You will be notified promptly.

New subject: I do not desire that transfer to the Chinese of 6 Liberty ships which was under discussion when I departed Washington be delayed by requesting my approval before final consummation. This transfer has my approval.59

  1. Telegram transmitted through the Adjutant General, War Department.
  2. The comments of Colonel Davis on this paragraph are included in Department’s telegram No. 2079, December 29, 1945, Foreign Relations, 1945, vol. vii, p. 1200. For further correspondence on the transfer of shipping to China, see ante, pp. 786 ff.