330 Mr S.M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr R.G. Menzies, Prime Minister

Cablegram 622 LONDON, 6 November 1939

FOR PRIME MINISTER MOST SECRET PERSONAL FOR HIMSELF

Kennedy [1] has now advised me that reply to his enquiry was to effect United States Government most gratified learn of Australia's intention appoint Minister at early date, would regard my being sent to establish Legation as a compliment and while procedure matter for determination of Australian Government indicated off the record that procedure suggested would be entirely acceptable. I have accordingly, in accordance with your cablegram of the 27th October [2], asked the Foreign Office to instruct United Kingdom Ambassador in Washington [3] to take matter up with the Administration there.

Will cable you further as soon as reply received from Ambassador.

1 Joseph P. Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

2 Document 309.

3 Lord Lothian.

[AA: M100, NOVEMBER 1939] BRUCE