Reference my telegram No. 114. 
(1) For what they are worth my purely personal comments are as follows:
(a) No man (not excluding President Roosevelt) can foretell precisely how American opinion will react to Japanese attacks on Malaya, Australia or New Zealand.
(b) Sympathetic interest in Australia and Australian prestige, particularly since the Libyan campaign, has never been higher here.
(c) Opinion in the State Department is divided on the question of American action in the Pacific. One school of opinion substantiates the strongest British viewpoint. It is very significant that Ambassador Grew  has come down on the side of early action to keep Singapore in British hands.
(2) Reports from Australia, published in American press, of warning issued yesterday by War Advisory Council  have been given considerable prominence here and have suggested an immediate crisis not quite supported by other news items from the Far East.
We have had numerous press requests for information prompted by the statement issued in Australia. You no doubt have considered fully the risk of Japan interpreting such warnings as indicating that Australia believes that war is inevitable and of Japan deciding therefore to move sooner than she may otherwise have planned.
(3) Minister  is expected to arrive in Washington 10 p.m.