272 Mr S.M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr R.G. Menzies, Prime Minister
Cablegram 5.39 (extract) LONDON, 9 October 1939, 8.05 p.m.
CLEAR THE LINE MOST IMMEDIATE
FOR THE PRIME MINISTER MOST SECRET
Draft reply was examined by the War Cabinet this morning but considered unsatisfactory and a sub-committee of the Prime Minister , Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs , Chancellor of the Exchequer  and First Lord of the Admiralty  are redrafting it. I am expecting available ten tonight and will cable to you immediately. The Prime Minister of Canada  sent further cable today suggesting that President of the United States , the King of Italy  and the King of the Belgians  should be asked to formulate a basis for a European settlement.
Not considered likely that consent to act could be obtained particularly from the President of the United States and even if consents could be obtained, proposal not regarded as practical.