125.3516/7–1846: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Smith) to the Secretary of State

2204. Telegram in Russian language from Dairen via Soviet commercial telegraph facilities was received on July 16 (ReEmbs 1908, June 17 and 2177, July 13). Text in translation follows:

“4. July 8, 1946. Two your telegrams of May 1 and 7 arrived June 6 but replies have been delayed in view of the daily expectation of the arrival of a courier. There have been no other messages from you. Inquire Nanking approximately when next courier will arrive. Request to be informed. Benninghoff”

Of two telegrams referred to in message above, May 1 telegram is probably one which Embassy requested FonOff to send to Benninghoff (Emb 1339, April 25). We cannot identify telegram of May 7 since next telegram despatched by Embassy was on May 17 via (ReEmbs 1563, May 18) Soviet commercial channels.

Dept please repeat to Nanking as Moscow’s 90.