5th June, 1929
My dear Prime Minister,
Today I telephoned to Ormsby-Gore  who was clearing up at the Colonial Office. He told me that J. H. Thomas  had visited the Office this morning and had intimated the probability of his taking charge again. J. H. T. according to O. G. said that the party had wanted him to take the F.O. but said J. H. T.-'The F.O.
will be all Russia and Afghanistan and that's no damned good to Jimmy'. O.G. indicated that J. H. T. looked forward to preparing for an Imperial Conference.
Incidentally O.G. asked me to make clear to the Labour people his own willingness to serve in a non-party spirit on Empire matters.
He mentioned the Imperial Economic Committee.
The Labour Cabinet will probably be announced on Friday but I think you will be amused by this sidelight on the situation.
Yours sincerely, F. L. MCDOUGALL P.S. This morning the papers confidently assert that J. H. T. is to be Lord Privy Seal with Employment as his job.
F. L. MCD.