310 Officer to Burton
Cablegram Hague 152 THE HAGUE, 2 September 1947, 12.20 p.m.
Your telegram 115.  I heartily agree with your paragraph 1.
Please convey my good wishes for a successful trip to the Minister.
2. I am, however, pessimistic about securing Dutch support, though I will do my best. Perhaps my telegrams from 134  on, and the Department despatches 21  on have been too restrained and you do not realise the strength of feeling here. It is one of tough self-righteous indignation that any one and especially a white neighbour and an ex-ally should take action which they regard as hostile. This feeling is so strong that I doubt whether the Government would dare to support an Australian candidate.
3. I will take the first suitable opportunity to talk on lines of your paragraph 3. Our personal relations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs remain good but fear that it will be some time before our official relations are other than chilly.
4. Meanwhile every little trivial incident such as that regarding Eaton (my telegram 151 , your telegram 116 ) tends to delay progress.