4-376 Memorandum for General Persons, April 28, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: April 28, 1944

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for General Persons1

April 28, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]


Mrs. Bolton, M.C., called on me this morning. She wishes to go to England for the expressed purpose of going through the hospital installations in order to reassure the mothers in this country that everything possible is being done for the care of the men. She reports that there is a great feeling of uncertainty during the present tension about a second front and that has come to center, from the viewpoint of the women, very largely on the arrangements for the care of the men. Because of her long association in hospital matters in the country at large as well as in Cleveland, she felt that she was well equipped for this.2

Mrs. Bolton assured me that she would not only mind her P’s and Q’s but would subscribe to any restrictions or instructions we wanted in this matter and as to what she might see later. I went over with her the complications of authorizing any single Member of Congress to go abroad, the flood that might result from such an exception, and the fact that when she might go would have to be very carefully determined without explanations to her. I told her that so far as I personally was concerned I thought she might render a very useful service for us, but that there were most serious complications in relation to other Members of Congress.3

Will you think this over and talk to me about it, preferably tomorrow, Saturday morning, about nine o’clock.4

Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed memorandum.

1. Brigadier General Wilton B. Persons was chief of the Legislative and Liaison Division.

2. Frances P. Bolton, Republican from Ohio and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, had been active in public health nursing and nursing education. Congresswoman Bolton had met with General Marshall on the morning of April 28.

3. On the War Department’s efforts to restrict congressional travel overseas, see Marshall Memorandum for Admiral Leahy and Admiral King, March 11, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-284 [4: 333-34].

4. Bolton did make a tour of overseas hospitals; see Marshall to Eisenhower, July 23, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-463 [4: 532-33].

Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 440-441.

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