Government House, 12th May
Dear Mr. Lang,
I have received the copy of the circular for which I asked you. It appears to me that the terms of this circular direct public servants to commit a direct breach of the law as set out in proclamation No. 42 of 1932, published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette of 5th May, and the notice issued in accordance with the last paragraph of that proclamation and published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette of the 6th May. I feel it my bounden duty to remind you at once that you derive your authority from His Majesty, through me, and that I cannot possibly allow the Crown to be placed in the position of breaking the law of the land.
I must ask you, therefore, either to furnish me with proof that the instructions in the circular are within the law, or, alternatively to withdraw the circular at once.
I do not wish to press you unduly, but the matter appears to me to be of an urgency which admits no delay, and I must ask for a definite reply by 11 a.m., tomorrow, 13th May.