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To Allen T. Brown
October 4, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
In my letter the other day I purposely made no reference to your flattering proposal to me, to be the Godfather of young Tupper.1 I intended to make this the subject of a separate letter. I must confess now that the business of Mr. Hitler diverted me from my purpose. I have only just recalled that I have made no comment.
I am flattered and pleased at being chosen for this responsible position, however you will realize, knowing how reluctant I am about giving advice, that I am not very well qualified for being a Godfather. However, I will do my best as soon as the young man can listen and there is some prospect of analysing what is said.
I have been going home towards noon the last two days, to nurse a flu germ and apparently I have gotten by the worst. Your mother is all right and resting from her travels. She still makes dashes down to Leesburg, taking three men with her to do a rush job on this or that. However, Mrs. Johnson has arrived now and I imagine the last tasks have been completed and there only remains to pay the bills.2
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Allen Tupper Brown, Jr., had been born on September 1.
2. Mrs. Marshall had been remodeling Dodona Manor in Leesburg, Virginia. She had leased the house to her friends Mr. and Mrs. Aymar Johnson of Islip, Long Island.
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. 629-630.