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To Colonel Morris E. Locke1
November 27, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
I found your note of the 24th when I reached home Saturday. I will be delighted to have lunch with you, but there seems to be no prospect this week, as I am involved in lunching Brazilians, National Guard Executives, Army and Corps Commanders, etc., etc.2 I will call you up and make a date at the first opportunity.
Katherine and I have been scouting for an opportunity to return your call of last spring, and the failure has been mine because I am rather adamant about getting in a horse-back ride in the evening. I find that I have to keep in real training to meet the pressure of this business and I have not let anything get in the way of a daily ride, though it is usually done in the dusk. The same thing occurs on Saturday afternoon and by Sunday I am frankly so much in need of complete relaxation that I have failed completely in my social duties. Though, incidentally, I have been out of town on official engagements every Saturday and Sunday except for the last one, for almost three months, so I am not so lazy as would appear.
I want very much to see you and I want Katherine and Grace to meet. I will telephone 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. Locke, a graduate of Virginia Military Institute in 1899, had retired in November 1930 and was living in Washington, D.C. He had recently invited Marshall to lunch. (Locke to Marshall, November 24, 1939, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. On Monday, November 27, Marshall hosted a luncheon for the ten Brazilian Army officers who had arrived at Bolling Field the previous day with the United States Army officers and men returning from their goodwill trip to Brazil. Six of the Brazilian Army officers remained in the United States to study and examine American military aircraft equipment and bases. (Washington Evening Star, November 27, 1939, p. A-5; New York Times, November 27, 1939, pp. 1, 9.)
On Friday, December 1, General and Mrs. Marshall entertained at home the army and corps area commanders who were in Washington November 30-December 1 for a conference. The corps area commanders met with Marshall and other War Department officials to discuss plans for the winter training program and reorganization of combat forces. (Washington Times-Herald, November 25, p. 2-A, and December 1, 1939, p. 3-C.)
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. 110.