246 Dr H. V. Evatt, Minister for External Affairs, to Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States
Cablegram 1 CANBERRA, 1 January 1942
MOST IMMEDIATE MOST SECRET
Your 1242. 
1. We agree with amendments to text as proposed by Russia. In certain respects they improve draft declaration. Above all they secure adherence of Russia.
2. Our view is that proposal inclusion of India is questionable because status of that country is not yet that of a self-governing nation.
3. Alphabetical order of all signatories is preferable and we hope that you will succeed in obtaining it.
4. In any event British Dominions should adhere separately and should not be included in form of 'inset grouping' which characterised adherence of Dominions and India to Treaty of Versailles.
5. If, contrary to our views, proposal of alphabetical order of all parties is rejected, alphabetical order of all parties except those in first four should be strongly urged.
6. I presume that representatives some other Dominions share our views on form of adherence. You will consult with them at all stages. 7. In any event, whether agreement is in Governmental or Heads of State form, it is absolutely essential that we should concur. Therefore you will be invested with full authority to sign declaration on behalf of Commonwealth Government or His Majesty in respect of the Commonwealth, according to form ultimately adopted.
8. In anticipation of event of Heads of State form of agreement we are in touch with Dominions Office. Bruce  has been instructed to obtain separate King's Full Power in relation to Australia His Majesty acting on Mr Curtin's  advice. You will be telegraphed en clair from London.  9. We are sending copies of this message to the Prime Ministers Canada, South Africa, New Zealand  as an expression of our opinion as to form of adherence. Please show it also to their representatives in Washington.