433 Ball to Burton
Cablegram 2 SINGAPORE , 4 December 1945
I feel it undesirable to have two Political Representatives with S.E.A.C. dealing with Netherlands East Indies situation. Proud's accreditation to Supreme Commander gives him exclusive or paramount right to join Java policy conversations here. This automatically relegates me to subordinate and redundant position vis-a-vis British and destroys whatever possibility there may have been of my exercising influence.