511 Mr J. B. Brigden, Financial Counsellor at the Legation in Washington, to Department of External Affairs
Reciprocal Lend Lease.
(1) I was summoned to the State Department and handed a document
which will be telegraphed to you in my immediately following
telegram.  In form it is a draft exchange of notes between the
Australian Minister, Washington, and the Secretary of State
indicating Australian willingness to provide reciprocal aid in the
widest terms; and agreeing to the inclusion of other United
Nations who participate.
(2) It assumes that Australia has already signed a duplicate of
the United States-United Kingdom Mutual Aid Agreement of February
23rd , and appears to be a standard form for all United
Nations. A copy different only in name was handed to the United
Kingdom representatives at about the same time. A similar copy is
to be given to Mr. Nash. 
(3) We are given to understand that the document has been approved
by the President  and Cordell Hull.  It must inevitably
supersede discussions with Acheson , and will require
consultation with United Kingdom which may not agree to the major
policy involved. I saw Phillips  and will send comments on the
foregoing when responding to your 671  just received.
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