31st May, 1928
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
My dear P.M.,
I am holding up a letter that I had written you by this mail on the general subject of liaison as I want to try and cover the subject more fully. I tried all the dictionaries and encyclopaedias to see what they had to say on the subject, but they are without reference, except what I thought rather low hints and leers about 'gallant episodes' and 'illicit connections'! In a letter from Edward Harding (a New York lawyer whom you met and who interests himself in Australian matters) he says:-
Australia has again come to New York for money. I suppose that this is with the approval of the 'powers that be' in London. I am wondering whether there is going to be any opportunity for competitive bidding. Mr. Armitage  of the Commonwealth Bank, who was here about six months ago, said that the plan was to get Australia's credit established and then to have some competition amongst a number of the leading houses.
Lord Buckland (who was Henry Seymour Berry)  was killed rather tragically last week by knocking his head against a post when out riding. I had met him several times and I think mentioned him to you. He was rather a romantic and interesting figure-a man of 50 who had made many millions out of coal to his own unaided hand from a cottage beginning. He had five daughters to his great disappointment and expressed to me-a chance acquaintance-his determination to have an heir. He was of the type of Ford and Morris, but mentally more active and with his eyes less on the ground.
I heard lately what I think must be the last word in Americanisms- and from the mouth of a Belgian who is on leave in London from the Belgian Embassy in Washington. He was describing a certain bit of English countryside in spring which, he said, he found 'lousy with charm'.
The Foreign Policy Association (New York) have just issued a pamphlet (copy enclosed) recording a debate on the subject of 'The Power of International Finance', which contains a few points of interest which I have marked in pencil. It is a contribution to the file on this subject that I started a few months ago. I should not read it all as the bulk of the talk was uninstructive.
I have met Sir Charles Nathan  and had a brief talk to him about his various missions. I will do what I can to put him in touch with the people he wants to meet.
The brief references to the European 'goings on' that I give in the confidential letters are not set down because I think you take any particular interest in the individual events themselves, but to try and build up, with as few strokes as possible, a picture in your mind of the state of Europe, so that, as far as possible, you will never be surprised by events.
I am, Yours sincerely, R.G. CASEY