5-345 To W. Averell Harriman, February 4, 1946

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: February 4, 1946

Subject: China

To W. Averell Harriman1

February 4, 1946 Radio No. GOLD 144. [Chungking, China]

Top Secret

Dear Harriman:

Most confidentially, since our late evening talk with G[eneralissimo Chiang Kai-shek] and his frank statement of feelings he seems to have gained considerably in confidence of good faith of other parties as a result of events, meetings and discussions of past few days. I think he is headed into implementation without too serious reservations and if I am successful in formal negotiations starting tomorrow Monday most doubts will be cleared away. This is for you only and merely to guide you in your reports of conversations out here.

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. Marshall instructed the War Department to deliver this message to Harriman “immediately on his landing in Washington and certainly before he sees the President or Sec-State.”

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. 440.

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