An outline and history of the American Foreign Service, by a member, from its earnest beginnings during the Revolution, to its present form under the Foreign Service Act of 1946. For the most part, the author sketches in the constitutional and legislative background of the service in its early years, but he describes in considerable detail the duties and functions of our diplomatic corps today, using our Paris Embassy and Ambassador Caffery as illustration. Discussed are the nature of the work, calibre of personnel, machinery of recruitment and promotion; here is a review of the functions of the Foreign Service with the Departments of State, Agriculture, Commerce, Treasury, War and Navy coordinated. The appendix has the Foreign Service Act text, complete, and a brief outline of the British and French foreign service. A concise, informative primer- factual, neither practical nor interpretative, nor in any way a personal record.