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To Brigadier General Claude M. Adams1
April 16, 1943 Radio No. 872 [Washington, D.C.]
From Marshall to Adams for his eyes only.
Reference your 1028 regarding Dutra:
Delay is due to necessity of making arrangements convenient to Eisenhower. He is swamped with a fierce battle, with other preparations, with visitors from China, England, the United States, and elsewhere. We have to protect him and you must do your part. General Gomez, representing Brazil, has just been in Africa, so your references to loss of goodwill do not impress me. A similar Mexican party is just leaving for Africa and every official in Africa is head over heels in work, accomodations limited, planes overtaxed, etc. Therefore the delay, because the invitation must carry a date.
[P.S.] Gen. Strong
I would like to send this to Rio. I did not like your last sentence to Eisenhower further emphasizing the same subject in previous sentence (all re Dutra.) He is too heavily engaged to irritate with pressures regarding still larger irritations.2
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), 336 Brazil, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message signed.
1. Adams, military attach