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To Earl Godwin
October 13, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Godwin:
Thank you for your note. My immediate reaction was one of envy that you could get away for a day on the farm.1 As a matter of fact, I think I am pretty fair with a pickaxe, a wheel barrow, a shovel or rake, and a paint brush! Mrs. Marshall has been employing me Sundays 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. as unskilled labor at our place near Leesburg.
Personally I enjoy off-the-record press conferences because they permit a free discussion of our problems. There will be others at which you will be invited to attend.
With warm regards,
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. A National Broadcasting Company commentator, Godwin had written to apologize for missing Marshall’s October 10 press conference: “I was off duty—chopping wood on my 40 acres of Fairfax County frontier.” (Godwin to Marshall, October 10, 1942, GCMRL/ G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].) For Marshall’s previous comments on Godwin, see Marshall Memorandum for General Surles, January 20, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-063 [3: 73-74].
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. 398.