6-012 To Walter Bedell Smith, January 30, 1947

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: January 30, 1947

Subject: Postwar

January 30, 1947
Telegram No. 146. Secret
Washington, DC

For the Ambassador from the Secretary. Thanks for letter of fifteenth.1 I am considering Kennan matter. Have you any other tips, including advice on my trousseau? With me rods are poles and ships are boats, and I hope diplomacy can be business.


NA/RG 59 (Central Decimal File, 740.00119 Council/1-3047)

1. Smith, General Eisenhower’s chief of staff from 1942 to 1945 and US ambassador to the Soviet Union since March 1946, congratulated Marshall and extended his sympathy, commenting that before the upcoming Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers was over “you will need all your great patience and self control.” He also praised George F. Kennan—well-known expert on Russia, former minister-counselor in Moscow, and currently an instructor at the National War College—and recommended that Marshall include Kennan as part of the staff at the conference. (Kennan’s teaching duties ultimately precluded his accompanying Marshall.) Smith concluded by praising Mrs. Marshall’s recently published Together: Annals of an Army Wife (New York: Tupper and Love, 1946), noting that he would have added to it that “her distinguished husband still refers to a hand made fishing rod as a ‘pole’!” (Smith to Marshall, January 15, 1947, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Secretary of State, General].)

Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Mark A. Stoler, Sharon Ritenour Stevens and Daniel D. Holt (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 2013- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 6, “The Whole World Hangs in the Balance,” January 8, 1947-September 30, 1949 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), pp. 14.