Your Johcu 25.  Both principal Ministers I have consulted and Chiefs of Staff are agreed in wanting Casey for this Most important post which requires military experience and knowledge of public affairs both ministerial and diplomatic.  I had a whole evening in the train with Casey when I was in America, and learned from him that he was very anxious for a change. Indeed he suggested that he might go as a liaison officer to the ABDA area when this was being shaped. I have no doubt he would greatly welcome this appointment which also strikes the note of bringing Statesmen from all over the Empire to the highest direction of affairs. I will venture to court your rebuke by asking whether Menzies , with his great distinction and success when passing through America, might not fill the gap caused by Casey leaving Washington. However this may be, and I trust you will not resent my intrusion upon your affairs, I should be very grateful if you would reconsider your demurrer.
I will cable you to-morrow on the President's  proposals for the two areas.