109 Mr John Curtin, Prime Minister, to Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in the United Kingdom
Cablegram 6735 CANBERRA, 14 November 1941
IMMEDIATE MOST SECRET
Reference Dominions Office Circular telegrams M.357 and 358 of 10th November.  In view of Latham's absence Tokyo and possibility that message to Officer  might not enjoy same certainty of immunity, this message is sent to you for information of United Kingdom Government and transmission to Craigie:
'It occurs to us that danger of Japanese armed aggression may reach its maximum pending arrival of ships at Singapore. Therefore it should be possible for Craigie to gain valuable time by emphasizing:
1. our very substantial and special interest in success of United States/Japanese talks, and 2. our intention to assist as much as possible in their satisfactory outcome. 
It is very important to prevent Japanese suspicions culminating in a desperate overt act by her. Precipitate intervention by us in preliminary United States/Japanese talks may be harmful, but if Japan supposes that we are trying to intervene in such preliminary talks, no harm and some good should result. In that event also time will be gained.'