173 Commonwealth Government to Lord Cranborne, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
Cablegram 777 CANBERRA, 8 December 1941
Have just received cablegram from Australian Minister, Washington,
'No. 1094.  Repeated to London 162.
Secretary of State  has now telephoned British Ambassador 
that in view of declaration of war by Japan against U.S.A. there
is no need for the President  to seek a declaration of war by
Congress although he will probably send Congress a message
Please inform us by most immediate cablegram course United Kingdom
Government proposes to take. 
We have declared war with Finland, Hungary and Roumania as from 5
p.m. December 8th (today).