Memorandum by the Director of the Office of Far Eastern Affairs (Butterworth)
Memorandum for the Record
Mr. Lovett called on his return at noon from the Cabinet meeting and requested that I record in writing the following:
In accordance with the Department’s suggestion, the subject matter of the attached memorandum45 was discussed at a full Cabinet meeting today at which the Vice President-elect46 and Mr. Hoffman were present. Mr. Hoffman advocated his point of view for three-quarters of an hour, using the same arguments he had employed on January 7 in Mr. Lovett’s office with Messrs. Labouisse, Butterworth, Cleveland and Bruce also being present. Mr. Lovett mentioned some of the larger implications involved in the problem and read the two pertinent excerpts from Title IV of the ECA Act.47 The President polled the whole Cabinet who unanimously voted that the memorandum represented their considered attitude.
The Acting Secretary also left with the President the attached memorandum regarding rehabilitation projects in Formosa48 and gave a copy to Mr. Hoffman.
The Acting Secretary also gave to the President the memorandum regarding the situation in Tsingtao and Formosa, a copy of which is also attached.49