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like a little whiskey?” And I said, “No, Sir, thank you.” And we
went on talking. And then my mind just wandered off, and I thought
of my children, and my grandchildren, and how silly I'd be to tell
them that I turned down the Prime Minister--he was Prime Minister
then, of course, being at 10 Downing Street. So I interrupted him
and I said, “Sir, can I change my mind?” [laughters] And I had a
cigar and a scotch, and I burped all day.
And what happened in that talk?
Oh, we pretty well worked out the arrangement. And we, in
due course, did print--with beautiful illustrations--The History of
the English Speaking Peoples, which was a considerable success. More
d'estime than popularity, but that was it.
Did you see him again?
No. I'm trying to think. We gave a dinner for him, but
that was earlier. I don't think I did see him. No, because that
must have been well in the 1950s--must have been in the 1950s. No, I
don't think I saw him again.
Okay. Let's stop here. End tape.
[End of session]
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