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Thursday, 20 May 1920

I have had no further communication with the President on the subject, but Senator Russell who, I understand, is in charge of the arrangements connected with the visit of the Prince of Wales, interviewed me, and gave me to understand that the President was not agreeable to my suggestion, and that unless I was prepared to accept his proposal there would probably be no address presented to His Royal Highness. I told Senator Russell that while I would very much regret such a decision on the part of the Government, such a consideration, regrettable as it would be, would neither excuse nor justify me in surrendering the rights and privileges of this House of which I was the custodian and guardian.

Mr Fenton - I think that we ought to allow the old gentleman to have the satisfaction of presenting the address.

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