496 Chifley to Ball

Cablegram 496 CANBERRA, 15 August 1947, 11.45 a.m.

MOST IMMEDIATE TOP SECRET PERSONAL

I have received your telegram and note you are resigning tomorrow.

Your resignation is accepted. I regret that you have not been able to carry on with the work you have been endeavouring to do under difficult circumstances.

In the public interest, as well as your own, any controversy or unnecessary statements regarding your resignation can only do harm. I would be obliged if you could see me after your return.

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