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To Arthur H. Sulzberger
May 13, 1946 Radio No. GOLD 684. [Nanking, China]
It would be very helpful to me in the present grave situation in China to have the services of Tillman Durdin for the next month or two months. Would you be agreeable to loaning him to me on a leave status at full pay? I am not thinking of press relations but of advice and direct assistance in connection with daily negotiations now in progress. I discussed the matter with Durdin this morning and he is agreeable to the arrangement if it meets your approval. He is now at Nanking and will await your reaction here.1
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Department of State (RG 59), Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Military Affairs, GOLD Messages, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times, replied that he would comply with Marshall’s request, “but must impose two (2) months as a maximum limit, hoping that the period will be considerably shorter.” (Bowen to Marshall, Radio No. WAR-87934, May 14, 1946, NA/RG 59 [Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Military Affairs, Messages In].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 555-556.