264 Churchill to Curtin
Cablegram Winch 14 LONDON, 25 August 1943, 2.07 a.m.
IMPORTANT SECRET AND PERSONAL
Received 26 August 1943
Having agreed upon the setting up of the combined South East Asia Command  I have arranged with General Marshall and Admiral King, with the approval of the President, that I can have an officer of General's rank as Liaison Officer at MacArthur's headquarters. This will enable MacArthur to correspond freely with me and will enable me to follow with closer attention than heretofore the developments in the Pacific theatre. I talked this over with Dr. Evatt when he was in London and understood from him that you would like some such arrangement as this.  2. While I should never wish to intrude upon domestic party issues in Australia, I hope I may send my private and personal congratulations on the return of your Government with so large and stable a working majority.  This should favour continuity in the war effort and the taking of increasingly important decisions which will be required during this and future campaigns in the Pacific.
3. Will you kindly show this to Dr. Evatt to whom I am also sending a personal telegram  in reply to his very kind personal message to me.