23rd February, 1928
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
My dear P.M.,
In the 'Argus' of 14th January I read 'An emphatic statement that the Federal Ministry does not contemplate following the example of Canada in appointing diplomatic representatives in other countries was made yesterday by the Prime Minister'.
The enclosed copy of a despatch from Sir Esme Howard  has been passed to me confidentially for transmission to you. It will not be sent on officially. It is difficult to understand what inspired the action that it records. 
The fact that the 'Argus' announcement of your policy in this regard and the representations made in Washington are both dated 14th January is a curious and ironic coincidence.
I am, Yours sincerely, R.G. CASEY