No. 60 NAI 2006/39
Dublin, 21 May 1937
My Dear John,
An official letter on the constitution and its consequences would take some time to get to you as the President is very busy with his preparations for the Committee stage.
Here however are some unofficial considerations which you could certainly use in your chats with the Dominion Ministers or others whose good will you want to secure.
The P. said on Thursday that we had a common interest in the defence of this country - that we should call upon their aid and accept it in a struggle against a foreign aggressor. Nothing so important has been said with approval since the establishment of the Saorstát. Doesn't that solve the whole defence question? Fisher's statement about the money being a big difficulty seems grotesque before the acceptance by the strongest Irish Leader of our times of such a principle. Do get them to see light on this point. Why will they be blind where we are concerned and so farseeing when they are dealing with purely foreign peoples. From the propaganda point of view alone agreement with us on this vital issue (with all the implications in America and Commonwealth) would be worth millions. Who is the enemy in their camp? Is it Harding? Or is it some politician. I must let this rough note go. The formula will reach you definitely in a few days.
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