7th January '26 [Handwritten from the Oxford and Cambridge Club, Pall Mall]
My dear P.M.,
I write on a subject that has been in my mind for some time, but about which I have hesitated to write to you. However I think you will not misunderstand my approaching you direct about it. I have talked it over with Hankey  & he is good enough to say he thinks the suggestion not entirely out of the bounds of reason-&
agrees that he would, in my position, write direct to you on the subject.
It is with regard to the Australian Commissionership in New York.
Elder's  period comes to an end during the year. I would give a great deal for the opportunity of doing this appointment. If this is out of the question, for any of several reasons that I can appreciate, you will naturally not hesitate to tell me so-and there the matter will end.
I realise that the position has been filled in the past by considerably older men. However, I think you would not wash one out completely on this count. I know America fairly well. I travelled all over the States & Canada for six or eight months before the war, & for two similar periods since the war, when I was there on business missions on behalf of companies in Australia of which I was a director. I have a number of friends fairly widely distributed over the States. I have a considerable appreciation of their point of view in affairs, & would, I think, at least understand their methods & prejudices.
For what it is worth, I have numerous ideas as to how, in my opinion at least, the representation could be made more effective.
At this stage I will not bore you with my views, other than to say that I would suggest very considerable use being made of the Commercial Attache & his staff at H.M. Embassy & close liaison with the British Consul-General & his network of twenty odd British Consuls & vice-consuls spread over the United Statesnone of which sources of information & distribution are, I understand, utilised at present.
As to my training & experience, I did Engineering at Melbourne University & at Cambridge before the war, & for five years after the war was a Director of a group of Companies of which my Father  was head for many years-Mount Morgan, the Electrolytic Refining & Smelting Co., Australian Fertilizers, & others.
Confidence on my part that I could do the job will probably not weigh with you. I can only hope that you will not mind my writing to you on this subject at all. 
As a minor matter, but one which I expect has to be taken into consideration, I would be prepared to spend up to say 4000 a year over & above the official salary, whatever it is. 
I am, Yours sincerely, R. G. CASEY