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To Charles Seymour
February 17,  [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Dr. Seymour,
The visit to Yale yesterday was successful from every point of view and I feel deeply indebted to you for making possible that most impressive ceremony. I am sorry that the press and photographers created so much of confusion and delay—they usually do in their interpretation of what is required in a democracy—and I can only hope that the trouble they caused will be justified by the translation to the American people of the purpose of the day.1
I particularly wish to thank you for your gracious personal references to me. You rather drew the long bow, if I may dare make such a reference to the President of Yale University, but I am most grateful.2
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. “The whole thing went off very well,” Stimson wrote. “After a three-quarters of an hour delay in order to give the photographers and movie men their full opportunity, we went back to the field and flew back to Washington.” (February 16, 1944, Yale/H. L. Stimson Papers [Diary, 46: 55].) See New York Times, February 17, 1944, pp. 4, 18.
2. “In the unanimous opinion of our people here it was the Chief of Staff who stole the show,” Carl A. Lohmann, secretary of Yale University, wrote to Lieutenant Colonel H. Merrill Pasco. (Lohmann to Pasco, February 19, 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), pp. 305-306.