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156 Evatt to Hodgson

Cablegram E6 WASHINGTON, 13 April 1943, 12.07 a.m.


Many thanks for your personal wire P.W.35. [1] Please convey the
following message to the Prime Minister:

Begins. Had conference today with the President and urged strongly
the need for rapid deliveries of aeroplanes and carrying out of
promises without attaching conditions. Also introduced the
question of substantial increase of R.A.A.F. strength. I found him
moving towards greater recognition of the Pacific front. He said
that your government had done a magnificent job. In addition, his
attitude towards MacArthur seemed changed for the better. Nothing
definite arranged as the President is leaving Washington at once
for about ten days. Discussions will be with Hopkins, Chiefs of
Staff and high ranking British officers both of the Services and
departments. Ends.

Please tell Henderson of Sydney Morning Herald [2] that so far
things are looking satisfactory though visit is overdue. Further,
the only prominent pressman absent from the Embassy [3] Press
Conference today was Rothman. I am anxious to co-operate with the
Herald's representative here and I would be glad if appropriate
direction or suggestion could be made by Henderson to Rothman. [4]

1 Dispatched 12 April. On file AA:A4764, 6. It conveyed family and
political news to Evatt.

2 R. A. G. Henderson, General Manager of the Sydney Morning

3 The original was annotated 'group mutilated'.

4 Hodgson reported on 16 April that Henderson had informed him
that A. D. Rothman had 'reported he was doing everything possible
and had established close contact with Mission'. Henderson had
emphasised that 'policy was to feature Mission'. See cablegram
PW42 on file AA:A4764, 6.

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Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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