S. Lester's comments in reply to A. Sweetser's letter about publicity made on the League of Nations: no mention about the difficulties S. Lester faced to maintain the League of Nations headquarters at Geneva and get enough money to carry on vital technical activities, no mention about the fact that the more efforts made for economies and they were tremendous, the more they demanded; for publicity two things are needed: one is work or results and the other is an adequate press service, but the second is absolutely useless without the former; no mention about the fact that nothing mattered that was not on the American continent; Welles' speech was almost the only public declaration by any statesman on the League of Nations; for governments the decline in activity and importance of the League of Nations was more striking than what had been kept and what had been done; S. Lester wished the Supervisory Commission to visit Geneva.
About special guests to be invited to the final Assembly of the League of Nations and on A. Sweetser's attendance.
A. Sweetser regretted not being able to attend the final Assembly.
Letter from Arthur Sweetser, United States, Office of the League of Nations Secretary General, Information Section, to Lewis Lerwin: League of Nations 19th Assembly: M. Litvinov's speech defining Soviet policy; British and French Foreign Ministers absent; Geneva appears as the most impartial observation post in Europe; opinion divided; questions discussed: how best organise international relations, mediation and peaceful settlements, separation of the Covenant from the peace treaties, budget, armed conflicts in China and Spain, economics and finance, social and humanitarian issues; American position and policy; period of Big Powers domination.
S. Lester's letter to Arthur Sweetser, United States, Office of the League of Nations Secretary General, Information Section, on German troops along the Jura, closed to Switzerland, on disillusionments (J. Avenol) and League of Nations staff.