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To Allen T. Brown
January 22, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Last night I found your letter of January 20th out at the house, and gave it a careful reading. It pleased me because I had feared a rather vigorous reaction to my comments, and I was most relieved and glad to find that you had undertaken to analyze my comments in rather an impersonal fashion. I hesitated in writing you as I did and after having written I decided that it was a mistake to have done so, but now that I have your reaction I feel quite differently in the matter.
The incidents I referred to were of a very casual nature and merely symptomatic in my opinion, but it was for that reason that I was concerned. They seemed to me to indicate a state of mind that I know from long experience is very unfortunate in this world and is not the way to get across in the long run. You have to save your ammunition for the big fights and avoid a constant drain of little ones.
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. 396.