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.
Dark days for S. Lester, who was a little bit depressed because of: A. Sweetser's and A. Loveday's difficulties, loneliness, being far from his family, dark and unknown future, worrying about personal finances; S. Lester spent two days in Berne in F. Cremins' new Legation as Chargé d'Affaires; bombs dropped on Dublin and other Irish towns.
A. Sweetser's letter to S. Lester: to congratulate S. Lester for clarifying the League of Nations difficult situation (J. Avenol's resignation, S. Lester's appointment as temporary Secretary-General and the first transfer of some League of Nations technical services to the USA).
A. Sweetser's letter to S. Lester: information on the situation in Geneva and the people coming over to the USA, cooperation between A. Sweetser and C.J. Hambro, everyone in the United States aware of the difficulties S. Lester had to cope with in Geneva, problem to arrange a meeting of the Supervisory Commission.