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116 Mr H. Fitzmaurice, U.K. Consul-General in Batavia, to Mr W. M. Hughes, Minister for External Affairs

Letter BATAVIA, 7 December 1937

I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt to-day of your letter
of November 26th [1], forwarding questionnaires in regard to
Portuguese Timor.

2. I greatly regret that these questionnaires have reached me too
late to receive Mr Lambert's [2] attention on his tour. Owing to
unexpected staff changes at this Consulate-General (including the
transfer of Mr Lambert to Bangkok in December), it was necessary
for this tour to Portuguese Timor to be advanced, and Mr Lambert
left here on the 22nd November. He was due to leave Timor on his
return journey on the 7th December.

3. While it is thus not possible for him to make local enquiries
on the basis of your questionnaires, however, I shall at once
submit these to him on his return, and shall send you as soon as
possible the most complete answers that can be furnished to your


1 Document 113.

2 U.K. Vice-Consul, Batavia.

[AA : A981, TIMOR (PORTUGUESE) 22, ii]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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