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Editorial Note on Chinese Nationalist Successes
Excitement in the foreign communities in China was heightened as the Kuomintang’s military successes were accompanied by increasing anti-foreign agitation. Their nerves were further tightened by reports, frequently exaggerated or erroneous, of attacks by Kuomintang troops on foreigners in Nanking. From Peking, United States Minister MacMurray advised the secretary of state on March 31, 1927, that: “The general opinion held by foreigners, among them missionaries of long standing who hitherto have been disposed to place confident reliance upon the good will of Chinese, is that very serious trouble will occur in the Peking and Tientsin area in the not distant future.” MacMurray urged Americans to send their women and children out of the country as quickly and as inconspicuously as possible. (U.S., Department of State, Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, 1927, 3 vols. [Washington: GPO, 1942], 2: 99.)
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 300.