5-614 To Colonel Marshall S. Carter, January 5, 1947

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: January 5, 1947

Subject: China

To Colonel Marshall S. Carter

January 5, 1947 Radio No. GOLD 1910. [Nanking, China]

Top Secret, Eyes Only

Reference my GOLD 1907. It appears that my frank statement regarding situation in China which I had intended to make personally in Washington should be made before my status has been changed by reason of Presidential announcement on January 10th.1 Therefore I now repeat now propose that the statement included in my GOLD 1907 should be released by White House or President at about four o’clock Monday afternoon [January 6] Washington time and then on Tuesday morning at ten o’clock2 the following statement by me to be released by White House or State Department.

Submit this statement to SecState for clearance. If there is anything in it which it is felt would be embarrassing for our Government especially in view of my proposed change of status I agree now to the changes thought advisable.

The statement should be introduced by the following White House or State Department comment: “The following personal statement by General Marshall on the situation in China is released for publication.” . . .3

Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Department of State (RG 59), Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Military Affairs, GOLD Messages, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. Colonel Carter told Marshall on January 8 that President Truman had “expressed regret” to him that news of James Byrnes’s resignation as secretary of state had leaked to the press in Washington, forcing the president to make a premature announcement of his intention to nominate Marshall for the post. The announcement had originally been intended for January 10, by which time Marshall would have been in Hawaii. The president insisted that Marshall’s vacation plans remain unaffected. (Foreign Relations, 1946, 10: 691.)

2. This would be 9:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 8, in Nanking.

3. For the omitted portion of this document, see Personal Statement, January 7, 1947, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-617 [5: 772-76].

Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 770.

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