Mr S.M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr R.G. Menzies, Prime Minister

Cablegram 359 LONDON, 27 August 1939, 12.30 a.m.


My immediately preceding telegram. [1] On arrival Henderson [2] in conference with the Prime Minister [3] and Halifax [4] over three hours. Subsequently Cabinet sat till nine p.m. and then adjourned till tomorrow Sunday morning. Proposed that Henderson should return with reply tomorrow afternoon. I gather Cabinet discussions fairly satisfactory to Prime Minister’s working for reply on broad and liberal lines but some members difficult. As indicated in my previous cable I consider vital that reply down such lines and if you concur I would strongly urge that you should cable in time for Cabinet tomorrow your views as they would carry great weight and would strengthen the Prime Minister’s hand.



1 Document 154.

2 Sir Nevile Henderson, U.K. Ambassador to Germany.

3 Neville Chamberlain.

4 Lord Halifax, U.K. Foreign Secretary.


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