Young Ed Stettinius, looking tanned and fit in a sharkskin suit,* got back from London full of exuberant cheer. He wanted to pass the cheer on. In high good humor, the Under Secretary of State reported to Cordell Hull, made the rounds of the British and Russian Embassies to give them the good word, too; then he called in the 55 State Department correspondents. His cheery words:

The 23-day mission had been far more important than he had dreamed before undertaking it; the U.S. should really have sent such a mission long...

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