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