144 Mr N. Chamberlain, U.K. Prime Minister, to Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister

Cablegram unnumbered LONDON, 18 March 1938


Many thanks for your telegram of 16th March. [1] I am glad that the information which I gave has been of assistance and that the press are proving helpful in informing the minds of the public. I think the obscurity to which you refer must be due to an error in decyphering my telegram. [2] The passage in question reads :-

'The idea that in the event of war we may not be able to defend our overseas possessions is entirely false.' I trust this will clear up the difficulty.


1 Document 137.

2 A note attached to this cable in Canberra stated that Chamberlain's original message had been checked and that the error had occurred in ciphering in London.

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