I had this story from John MacCormick. There was an air raid and the electricity stopped a lift in the North British Hotel in Glasgow’s George Square. In it was Avril Hariman, sent by the American President to see if Britain would fight or surrender. With him in the stuck lift was Tom Johnston the Secretary of State for Scotland. They looked at each other and shrugged. They recognised each other for what they were, presbyterian Scots, one native, the other one step removed.
Avril Harriman had never given any indication to Winston Churchill or anyone else what he would say to President Roosevelt when he returned, but in the silence of the lift he quoted from the book of Ruth to Tom Johnston,
Whither thou goest, I will go.
And where thou lodgest I will lodge:
Thy people shall be my people,
And thy God my God.
He went back to America and they let us have twelve crapped out old destroyers. With them we held the Battle of the Atlantic.
Tell your children this story.
But see how my inaccuracy has been corrected by a comment. Harry Hopkins….not Avril Harriman and in the presence of Winston Churchill.