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To Allen T. Brown
July 17, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
This letter while addressed to you is intended for both Madge and you, to thank you for having me in mind on a honeymoon to the extent of thinking to get for me that fine leather belt. It is a beautiful piece of leather and I am very, very glad to have it. Thank you both very much.
Your mother has been much excited over the reports of your initial experiences at housekeeping, and I gather that so far there have been none of the preliminary battles over tooth paste in the bathroom, the shirt on the floor, and other casual gestures common to men, about the house. If you can prevent these superficial irritations from annoying you, the remainder of the adjustments should be very simple of management.
I hope that I will get a chance to drop in on you at Poughkeepsie, and if I fly up to West Point for any purpose, I am going to get you to put me up for the night. At present, as for the past twelve months, I am very busy, probably more so now than at any time, and the future doesn’t hold much prospect of a respite.1
My love to you both and my thanks.
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. For Marshall’s previous advice to his stepson on marriage, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-198 [2: 241-2]. Brown was working as a salesman for a radio station and living in Poughkeepsie, New York.
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. 269-270.