Nanking Embassy Files, Lot F79, 851.2 Taxation

The Ambassador in China (Stuart) to the Consul General at Shanghai (Davis)

Sir: Reference is made to your despatch no. 170 of February 21, 1947 regarding the payment of Land Value Tax on U. S. Consular lot no. 2222 owned by the United States Government.

The Embassy concurs with the Consulate General that the tax in question is improper; however, it does not appear from the letter under reference that the Consulate General has formally protested the levying of the tax. If it has not done so, the Consulate General is requested to take this action, reporting the results to the Embassy which will be pleased to bring the matter to the attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should the efforts of the Consulate General to have the tax rescinded be unsuccessful.

Very truly yours,

For the Ambassador:
W. Walton Butterworth

Minister-Counselor of Embassy