My dear P.M.,
Since the Times came out with an announcement in today's issue , I have been bombarded with Representatives of the various Cable agencies which send news to Australia-but I have said nothing at all to them-and explained to them that any publicity at the moment would be an embarrassment to the Government here (as they have not yet officially informed the other Dominions). We parted friends-and they all said that they would be grateful to have any news in the future. I told them again that that was not likely to be possible.
However, I think that if you at any time wanted to get anything in the Australian press by cable from here-it would be very simple for you to cable me in cypher what news you wished expressed, and for me to have the cable agencies quietly inspired, preferably through a third party.
There is nothing much more to tell you just now. I am going ahead quietly getting to know people-and I have sent out quite a budget of stuff by this mail.
With all good wishes to Mrs Bruce and yourself for the New Year.
I am, Yours sincerely, R. G. CASEY