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To Charles J. Graham1
September 23, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
I wish it were possible for me to accept your tempting invitation to the Woodmont Rod and Gun Club’s first shoot of the season on the 15th of November. There is nothing I would like better than to be a member of your party but unfortunately for me, I expect to be in Panama at that time.
Am sure that I would enjoy meeting Wendell Willkie, particularly under such informal and agreeable circumstances, and as to my political faith—I have never voted, my father was a democrat, my mother a republican, and I am an Episcopalian.2
Thank you many times for asking me to join you on this alluring outing, I am indeed sorry that I cannot be with you.
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. Graham, president of the Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway Company, had invited Marshall to attend the opening dinner and shoot scheduled for mid-November at the Woodmont Rod and Gun Club in nearby Maryland. (Graham to Marshall, September 22, 1941, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. Graham had written to Marshall: “Am inviting Wendell Willkie, and while he may not be of your political faith, he is certainly 100% for the Administration in connection with its foreign policy and am sure you would enjoy knowing him.” (Ibid.)
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. 616.