50 Mr M. MacDonald, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, to Commonwealth Government

Cablegram 41 LONDON, 15 July 1937, 9.58 p.m.

SECRET

Despatch 84, Secret, from British Consul-General, Batavia, to Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs [1], of which copy was sent to you.

His Majesty's Charge d'Affaires, Tokyo [2], reports that Japanese representative [3] left for Lisbon late in June to negotiate about trade in Timor. I should be glad to learn whether His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia desire that any action should be taken by His Majesty's Ambassador at Lisbon [4] in connection with any of the suggestions contained in the concluding paragraph of the despatch under reference.

1 Document 51.

2 Probably J. L. Dodds.

3 Probably Sachimaro Segawa (see dispatch 140E from Fitzmaurice to Foreign Office, 14 September 1937, on file AA : A981, Timor (Portuguese) 20).

4 Sir Charles Wingfield.

[AA : A981, TIMOR (PORTUGUESE) 22, ii]