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To David Burpee1
March 27, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mr. Burpee:
In Mrs. Marshall’s absence—she is in Atlantic City resting up—I opened your letter to her of the 25th, with its package of Zinnia seeds. I am sending the letter on to Mrs. Marshall and turning the seeds over to a hot-house to get an early start.
I was glad to learn that there is a possibility of Mrs. Burpee and you stopping to see the Leesburg house; however I hope that if you are passing near Washington you will give us an opportunity to entertain you at Fort Myer, our present place of residence. Please telephone or telegraph me in case you are passing this way.
The business of seeds and flowers tantalizes me because I have been an amateur gardener, both flower and vegetable, since a boy of ten. There is nothing I would so much prefer to do this spring as to turn my mind to the wholesome business of gardening rather than the terrible problems and tragedies of war.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Burpee had been president of W. Atlee Burpee Company, a vegetable and flower seed catalogue enterprise, since 1917.
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 151.