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To Allen T. Brown
November 3, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Your mother came home yesterday at two o’clock with her nurse in attendance. She made the trip comfortably, though Fleet almost knocked her down as they helped her out of the car. At first she was a little tired and then seemed to make a marked improvement the same evening. She insisted on coming down in the elevator for dinner in the dining room, and spent all her time on the porch.
Last night I went into her room four or five times and she was sleeping each time but once. I found out this morning she got up once herself and then went on the porch at six o’clock and was able to fix herself comfortably in a chair. The nurse is still in attendance from 7:30 in the morning until 6:30 at night.
I think she will probably make rapid strides during the next two or three days. Colonel Kirk tells me that ribs heal very quickly, due to the free circulation of the blood.1
This is just a hasty note,
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Colonel Norman T. Kirk, whom Marshall had once called “a splendid surgeon and a dandy fellow,” was stationed at the Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C. (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-443 [1: 538].)
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. 663-664.