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To Allen T. Brown
January 17, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
I have not written to you or Madge for some time, but the failure has not been because of any lack of thought of you. I have been so busy that I have barely been able to concentrate on the urgent requirements.
It was a great pleasure to see you both here, and I am sorry that my contacts were largely hurried in and out affairs. I have read your letter to your mother and also Madge’s letter to her. I think Molly’s letters have been sent to you two to see. Your mother is having a pretty busy time, and the Inaugural ceremonies as well as the President’s Birthday Ball matters will tax her considerably for the remainder of this month.
Confidentially, this is to you alone, I would like to say this: I was somewhat concerned when I saw you during the holidays by the feeling that you were becoming more constant and uniform in the attitude of a chip on your shoulder. It seemed to me that even in casual conversation or contacts, your reaction was almost automatically along this line. I hope you will not take offense, but I wish you would have this in mind and get it under better control.1
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. A portion of this photocopied document apparently is missing; the editors have not located the original.
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. 394.