412 Mr Winston Churchill, U.K. Prime Minister, to Mr John Curtin, Prime Minister
Cablegram Winch 12  LONDON, 13 March 1942, 11.55 p.m.
CLEAR THE LINE MOST SECRET AND PERSONAL
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.