80 Dr H. V. Evatt, Minister for External Affairs, to Mr V. G. Bowden, Official Representative in Singapore
Cablegram 3 CANBERRA, 13 October 1941
For Latham on arrival. 
I agree with views expressed to you by late Government in cablegram of 4th October that it is desirable you return to your post as soon as possible. 
Although I would personally welcome consultation with you, I am inclined to view, on account of wrong construction which has been placed on visit to Australia , that it might be advisable for you to adhere to your original proposal of visiting Singapore only.
We understand governor  has returned from India and Duff Cooper  will return on 17th to Singapore.
However I propose to raise matter in War Cabinet on Wednesday and will wire you before the 17th, the date of your proposed departure from Singapore.  In any case, you should come direct to Australia and not stay over in Batavia.