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To Allen T. Brown
June 13, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
This, what must be a hurried note, carries to you my warmest congratulations for your birthday, along with my apologies for not having had more to say regarding the approaching wedding.1 However, I think you understand the pace at which I am traveling, and like the doctor, have difficulty in finding time to attend to my own family.
This will be a pretty important birthday in your life, because you are headed into so many important changes, about the two most important in any man’s life, his wife and his job. I feel pretty certain about you now that you have gotten good control over your emotions, and have demonstrated a continuity of purpose. I think Madge will be a splendid stabilizer and after you two have adjusted yourselves one to the other in this business of living together—and that will require a year or more with some pretty sharp differences, then I think you ought to make an ideal couple.
Your mother is so filled with the wedding that she can talk of little else. I am trying to arrange my plans so that I will certainly get there. As matters now stand, she will drive up the day before with Sergeant Powder,2 and I assume, Molly will go with her. I will either fly up late that evening so as to be at the dinner and rehearsal, or I may be delayed until about noon the next day. I am having them look up the closest airport with at least 2500 foot runways. I believe they told your mother of one, but she has forgotten what they told her; it was about ten miles away.
With my love to Madge and all the good things of life to you beyond this birthday,
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Marshall’s stepson, who would be twenty-four years old on June 15, was marrying Margaret Goodman Shedden on June 22 in Westchester County, New York.
2. Sergeant James Powder had been one of Marshall’s chauffeurs and a personal orderly since October 1938.
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. 241-242.