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To Cordell Hull
December 6, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mr. Secretary,
I was greatly distressed to learn of your resignation as Secretary of State and I am equally distressed that poor health has been the cause.1 Realizing the flood of expressions of sympathy and regret which you would receive I have purposely delayed somewhat in writing this note, for I want you to be aware of the admiration I have had for your leadership and the appreciation I have felt for the great consideration you gave to me personally, and the Army through me, in the discharge of your most difficult and critical duties.
It is my hope, along with that of Americans generally, that you will have an early convalescence so that you can sit back in comfort, free from the heavy pressures of the past years, and so that you may survey the world situation with greater freedom and continue to give the country the benefit of your wisdom.
With great respect and admiration, and my affectionate regards to both Mrs. Hull and 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. Hull later wrote: “On October 2, my seventy-third birthday, I left the State Department a very ill man. I spent eighteen days at my apartment trying vainly to recover, during which I carried on my work to some degree, and was then taken to the Naval Medical Center at Bethesda Maryland, where I remained for about seven months, at times in very grave condition.” He wrote his letter of resignation on November 21; the president accepted it and announced it on November 27. His tenure ended officially on November 30, and he was succeeded by former Under Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. (The Memoirs of Cordell Hull, 2 vols. [New York: Macmillan Company, 1948], 2: 1715-16, 1719.)
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. 684-685.