National Affairs: Relay Point

Jimmy Byrnes had wanted to quit a long time ago. For months he had been fighting off a jangling weariness. But there was never a time to rest in Moscow, London, Washington or New York. Last April, after a physical checkup, he got a stern warning: "Slow down—or else!" But asking a U.S. Secretary of State to slow down in 1946 was like asking a canoeist to pause amidst rapids. He decided to make a clean break instead, and sent his resignation to. the President.

He wanted to retire by last July 1. But it was not until last month that Harry...

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