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Memorandum for General Shedd
August 7, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Mr. McReynolds, of the White House, Acting Executive of the Advisory Defense Commission, telephoned me yesterday in regard to Mr. Joe Harris, who is attached to their group. It seems that Harris had talked to Major Hershey, going over the draft blanks, etc., but that Hershey was going to send some Captain to talk further to Harris. McReynolds says no such officer has shown up.1
The point is, this Harris is an expert on election machinery and was the adviser on the procedure for the Social Security set-up. Further, McReynolds is one of the President’s confidential advisers. Therefore, it is important that something more than routine notice be taken of this man Harris. Will you please have the proper officer make an appointment with him, see him, get his views, and then talk to me. If we do not follow some such procedure as this, we will be embarrassed by directives, so please protect me against these irritating interruptions.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. William H. McReynolds was secretary and acting executive for the Advisory Committee to the Council of National Defense. Major Lewis B. Hershey, a member of the G-1 staff, had been secretary and executive officer for the Joint Army and Navy Selective service Committee since 1936.
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), p. 287.