From a letter by H.L. Mencken to a fellow journalist who inquired whether he would be covering the 1945 meeting to establish the United Nations:
I’ll be unable to join you at the San Francisco orgies, greatly to my regret. I only hope that the assembled wizards perfect a scheme to save humanity. The one now in progress seems to me to have considerable defects. I hope you are well and full of energy. As for me, I decay steadily but beautifully.