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To Lieutenant General Alvan C. Gillem, Jr.
April 5, 1946 Radio No. WAR-83515. Washington, D.C.
Personal to Gillem from General Marshall.
Please pass the following to the Generalissimo: “I now plan to leave Washington for return to China on April 11, 12, or 13 depending on success in clearing up last issues. The proposals in your message transmitted to me yesterday by Doctor Soong will be taken up by me personally Monday and Tuesday preliminary to direct negotiations by your representative.1
I have had lengthy hearings by the Foreign Relations committees of both House and Senate and I am assured of strong support for China. I have met with a large number of governmental groups and I think I am assured of support by them. Certainly they have, I think, a much better understanding of the necessities. I talked yesterday with the overseas correspondents and have had lengthy interviews with the principal State Department correspondents and the entire list of Washington correspondents. Altogether I believe that when Chinese issues are raised here they will receive understanding, consideration, and support.
I had a discussion yesterday evening with Ambassador Wei and Doctor Tsiang regarding UNRRA affairs and the rice issue in particular.2 I hope to be able to be of help in that matter next week.” Another subject: Gillem please inform Governor Chang Chun that I saw his daughter Mrs. Lew yesterday afternoon.3 She was looking very well and sends her affectionate greetings.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, China Mission, Memoranda-Messages-Cables, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. See note 4 of the previous document (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-408 [5: 518-19]).
2. Wei Tao-ming had been ambassador to the United States since 1942. T’ing-fu (T. F.) Tsiang had been director general of the Chinese National Relief and Rehabilitation Administration since its establishment in January 1945 as a special Chinese government agency to conduct negotiations and relationships with U.N.R.R.A. and to administer and coordinate relief and rehabilitation operations in China.
3. Chang Chun’s daughter was married to Daniel Yu-t’ang Lew [Liu], who had served as Carsun Chang’s English-language assistant at the U.N. Conference in San Francisco in 1945.
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), pp. 519-520.