The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Douglas) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 7—5:39 p. m.]
2649. Canton’s Cantel 670 and 673 to Department re closure Chinese ports. Scarlett, Foreign Office, states Foreign Office considering reply to latest Chinese note but will require ministerial conference for approval. Also that in his personal opinion it very doubtful that British Government would consent convoy British merchant ships through waters closed by Nationalists.