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To Bernard M. Baruch
September 14, 1944 [Quebec, Canada]
Thanks for the fine and generous compliments in your letter of September sixth. They have exceptional value, coming from you.1
I am glad on two counts that you feel it unnecessary for you to continue on in Washington—for you personally and because you evidently take so favorable a view of the production situation. However, I know you will continue ready to come to our assistance should that again prove necessary. We have about finished up the military end of the conferences here-Quebec—to my satisfaction and convenience. However, I find that as rapidly as one phase or matter is concluded in this war we must immediately move on to the solution of other difficult problems. So it goes.
Again my thanks and war[m] regards.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Baruch, a financier and philanthropist who had been chief of the Office of War Mobilization’s Advisory Unit on War and Post-war Adjustment Policies, had written: “As the matter of production is now headed in the right direction, I feel that my presence will not be required in Washington for that purpose. However, I cannot wait longer to express to you the deep sense of obligation I feel to you, and also the great pride I have in your accomplishments—the raising of this vast army, its training, and the procurement of all of the congeries that will defeat our enemies. It was your mind, your courage, and your patience above all, that accomplished this. I cannot find words to express my gratification, admiration and thanks.” (Baruch to Marshall, September 6, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 583.