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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1531
AUTHOR: Henry Lewis Stimson (1867–1950)
QUOTATION: Gentlemen do not read each other’s mail.
ATTRIBUTION: HENRY L. STIMSON. As secretary of state under Herbert Hoover, Stimson closed the Department of State’s code-breaking office, the so-called Black Chamber, in 1929. He later justified his action with this remark.—Stimson and McGeorge Bundy, On Active Service in Peace and War, p. 188 (1948). Also see David Kahn, The Codebreakers, p. 360 (1967).