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been very patient with him because Hugh had such streaks of brilliance. When he was being brilliant, he was awfully brilliant. He was also awfully faithful and would do anything for Baruch.

It was perfectly clear to me as early as September or October that Hugh did drink a little too much at times, and he was extremely irascible and very difficult. He hadn't gone on a drinking spree at that time. I just noticed it at a party where he would have too much. He was still always about though.

However, he was not able to organize the NRA. He had thought it up and dreamed it up, but he couldn't organize it. He didn't have the capacity to get a man here, another man there, tell them what they were to do, set up a line of functions, a channel of authority, telling people what they were to do and not to do.

He had gotten attached to Richberg, whom he had not previously known, during this period when we were revamping the three different proposals for something that was like the NRA. One of Hugh's principles for personnel and organization work was to take in the people he didn't think agreed with him - “Be in my organization and then you're with me.” He had thought that Richberg, who was working with a somewhat different group than the group he was working with in preparation for the NRA, was a bright lawyer and “ought to be with us,

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