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To Admiral Sir Percy Noble
September 25, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Admiral Noble:
I was very much surprised when your note reached me with the information that you were leaving Washington on October fourth.1 Dill made some comments the other day about changes in personnel but it did not register in my mind or I did not pin it down to you personally.
I am very sorry you are going because I have always felt that we had the basis of a very satisfactory and agreeable relationship for our official business, not to mention a friendly intercourse. And I hope that whatever your new assignment is, it will be to your complete satisfaction, certainly with a better climate and less of argumentation than you have been involved in over here.
Mrs. Marshall and I appreciate the invitation to join you for cocktails next Friday and we are planning to be there.
With warm regards,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Noble, who had been head of the naval staff of the British Joint Staff Mission in Washington for the past two years, had written: “I go with great regret, and have many things to thank you for.” (Noble to Marshall, September 22, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
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. 605-606.