275 Mr W. L. Mackenzie King, Canadian Prime Minister, to Mr R. G. Menzies, Prime Minister

Cablegram 5 OTTAWA, 24 May 1940, 10.43 p.m.

Received 25 May 1940

MOST SECRET

I have read with much interest your telegram of the 22nd May. [1] I concur in your view as to the gravity of the situation and importance of any aid that can be secured from the United States.

I was about to reply when I received a copy of Mr. Churchill's telegram to you. [2] I have just sent Mr. Churchill a reply which indicates that I concur in his view of the situation. I appreciate the full exposition of your views and shall be glad at any time to discuss the most effective means of advancing the common cause in this difficult hour.

My reply to Mr. Churchill follows.

1 Document 261.

2 Document 271.

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