I have read your telegram P.C.49  and appreciate your
difficulties. In the circumstances I am prepared to allow you and
Hodgson alone discretion in the matter. This means you will take
all the points mentioned in my previous telegrams  and express
yourselves with the greatest strength in support of Smuts' recent
criticism of the Big Power agreement to adhere rigidly to
proposals made when we were not represented. While protesting
against the decision made you would accept it, declaring that a
similar position will never be recognised by Australia in relation
to the Pacific where our interests are absolutely vital. In these
circumstances you can give reluctant support to the South African
proposal, saying it does not go nearly far enough.
I am looking to you both for a very strong speech pointing out the
dangers involved in the assumption by four powers, two of [who]m
never fought to any extent against Italy, of a right to settle
these great matters.
I have little confidence in the United Nations Assembly as an
ultimate forum, but it cannot be much worse than the Paris
Conference, which has been set up to rubber-stamp decisions
reached behind the back of the other nations who did the fighting.