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To Brigadier General Adna R. Chaffee
January 25, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
I was very sorry not to be able to reach Knox, but when we reached San Antonio in a very fast trip of inspection along the Southern border, I found that not only was a storm closing in on us but that you were down to five degrees below zero. As I had to be in Washington on Tuesday morning, I could not afford to risk being delayed in your region, and I did not think it would be a very comfortable inspection either for the troops or for me personally. However, at the first opportunity I will fly out there from here direct.
As matters now stand, confidentially I expect to take off in a B-17 direct for Panama about February 4th in order to make that inspection and also of Puerto Rico before I appear before the Appropriations Committee on the 1941 budget. Just now I am in a heavy battle on the Senate side of the Hill to protect our maneuvers from serious cuts; spent almost all of yesterday visiting various Senators in order to build up some resistance to the cuts. I was successful on the House side in getting through without trouble.1
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. In addition to various senators, Marshall spoke to Milton H. West, Democrat from Texas and member of the House ways and Means Committee, on January 24, 1940.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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), p. 146.