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TO ARTHUR H. VANDENBERG
February 24, 1948
Dear Vandenberg: I am again deeply in your debt for the beautiful job you have done in connection with ERP. I have been amazed at your success in overcoming a multitude of most serious pressures. Frankly, I often wonder what in the world I could have done without your understanding and extraordinarily skilful leadership.1
Difficult as the job has been, and will continue to be, you must have derived great satisfaction from the evident fact that your position has become unique, and that whatever the stresses and strains of the interior economy of the Republican Party, you stand forth in the minds of virtually every informed citizen as a truly great statesman with wisdom and integrity as your cardinal virtues.
With warm regards, Faithfully yours,
GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers (Pentagon Office, General)
1. On February 13, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously for an initial appropriation and a four-year authorization of the European Recovery Program. The committee did, however, cut the Truman administration’s proposed fifteen-month appropriation of $6.8 million to $5.3 million over twelve months (April 1, 1948–March 31, 1949)—a reduction of $11,666,666 per month. In his February 22 column, James Reston praised Vandenberg’s leadership and noted that most Washington observers gave the senator “credit for the progress that has been made.” The funding cut “gave the Congress a chance of a quicker review of the progress made in Europe, but it preserved the scale of aid estimated as necessary for an effective recovery program.” (New York Times, February 22, 1948, p. E3.)
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. 385-386.