Mr Lewis Douglas speaking and standing with his wife and daughter.
14, Princess Gate, London.
Mr Lewis Douglas American Ambassador seated in easy chair 'Let me say how grateful Mrs. Douglas, my daughter and I are for the courtesy and the kindness that has been so continually extended towards us. Mrs. Douglas and my daughter have been more effective representatives than have I. Their roots have penetrated deep into the life of the island and so have mine. We leave not because it is out choice because we must. You have asked me to comment on the changes in the economic status of Britain during my stay here. I landed towards the end of a very bitter winter that had almost paralysed the economic life of Britain. Since then substantial economic improvement has been made. A part of it has been due to the fortuitous concourse of events. There still remain some fundamental problems that must be resolved lest when the present boom slackens as some day it will, Britain face again renewed difficulties. MS. 'It has been my view for along time that the Atlantic community and Western Europe must recapture their former economic and political and military strength and that, through a combination of strength and understanding, we will be able eventually to create conditions under which the East and the West can learn peacefully together. The United States and the British Commonwealth are all members of international organisations. They all give these organisations their common support, but this common membership should not permit us to forget that the United States and the British Commonwealth, all of its members must be in harmony on the great fundamental issues. This adds strength to the United Nations, not weakness. CU. It is on the United Nations and the Institutions that have been established under the provisions of the charter, such as the North Atlantic Treaty and the organisation which its provisions provide for that we must all lean heavily on the future. The foundation of the strength of these organisation rest upon a harmony between United States and the British Commonwealth of nations and repproachment between Germany & France. MS. We take our leave with very real sorrow but we look forward with anticipation to returning to meet our many friends here and to a lovely island that has been so kind to us. LS. Douglas walks into room, and seats himself LS. Douglas feeding his dog. LS. Douglas, Mrs. Douglas and Sharman Douglas.
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