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Henry Morgenthau, Jr. to Franklin D. Roosevelt
May 15, 1940 Washington, D.C.
My dear Mr. President:
In view of my experience with the Army during the last couple of days, I am taking the liberty of making a suggestion.
Let General Marshall, and only General Marshall, do all the testifying in connection with the Bill which you are about to send up for additional appropriations for the Army.1
H. Morgenthau, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers, President’s Secretary’s File, Morgenthau, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. In his diary Morgenthau noted that he had told Marshall on May 17 that he had “written to the President that he, General Marshall, handle the bill on the Hill; that if he had any trouble with Woodring or Johnson and wanted to let me know, that I would let the President know. He said `Is the President worried?’ and I said he is worried as to how the bill is going to be handled on the Hill, because he spoke to me about it last night.” (FDRL/H. Morgenthau, Jr., Papers [Diary, 263: 249].)
In 1956 Marshall told Forrest C. Pogue that he was allowed to handle the administration’s War Department budget defense before Congress because: “In the first place, they [the congressmen] were certain I had no ulterior motive. In the next place, they had begun to trust my judgment. But most important of all, if Republicans could assure their constituents that they were doing it on my suggestion, and not on Mr. Roosevelt’s suggestion, they could go ahead and back the thing. He had such enemies that otherwise members of Congress didn’t dare, it seemed, to line up with him. And that was true of certain Democrats who were getting pretty bitter.” (Marshall Interviews, pp. 331-32)
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 214-215.