Few Ambassadors ever came to Washington with the spectacular advance notices of Great Britain's tweedy, impassive Lord Inverchapel. His glittering reputation spanned more than 40 years of service in most of the world's capitals (Moscow, Chungking, Bagdad, etc.). But once in the U.S., Inverchapel became known as "the invisible Ambassador." He studiously avoided the press, ducked official parties, made no effort to cement all-important friendships on Capitol Hill. Last week, after 20 months in his post, Lord Inverchapel learned over the embassy's news ticker that his orders for home had finally...

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