19th November, 1925
Dear Mr. Bruce,
It has been with feelings of intense satisfaction that one has read the cables announcing your great electoral victory.  It is perfectly clear that the result is a great personal triumph. I hope you will accept my most sincere congratulations.
The attitude of people here may be of interest to you. The general feeling among such Ministers, Members and other people as I have seen since you went to the country has been that you had taken a line that was at once wise, bold and gallant. The last word I have heard frequently used about your action. I think most people here thought your chances of winning were not better than 50-50 and the delight with the results is, therefore, the greater because unexpected. I am quite sure that I am right in saying that when you come over for the next Imperial Conference, you will have a very great reception. I cannot but feel that Ministers here are far from being big men; with Mr. Massey  and General Smuts  gone and with Mr. Mackenzie King under a cloud , it appears certain that you will find yourself the dominant force at the Conferences. I hope that affairs will adjust themselves in such a way as to enable me to do a good deal of useful preparatory work towards making the next Imperial Economic Conference fruitful of big results.
With the very best wishes to yourself both in a personal and also in a political sense.
Yours sincerely, F. L. MCDOUGALL