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To Edith Nourse Rogers1
October 18, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Mrs. Rogers:
Thank you for your gracious little note of October 17th, regarding Fort Devens.2 I appreciate your thanks, but I want you to know that we merely did what seemed to be in the best interests of National Defense. In doing this very many times we disappoint, frequently irritate, and sometimes definitely antagonize individual Members of Congress; but we have tried to make it a fixed rule to attend to the National Defense and “let the chips fly where they may.”
So, it is very pleasant to have your particular note. Thank you.
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. Congresswoman Rogers, a Republican, had been the representative from the Fifth District of Massachusetts since 1925. She was a member of the House World War Veterans’ Legislation Committee and had worked since 1918 for better care of disabled soldiers.
2. Rogers had written Marshall a note of appreciation for his “cooperation and help in the building-up of Fort Devens.” (Rogers to Marshall, October 17, 1940, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].) Although Fort Devens had been a major post during the World War, the War Department considered abandoning the post in 1930; but due in part to Congresswoman Rogers’s efforts, it became a permanent authorized post in November 1931. On October 15, 1940, the War Department announced that a new Army Air Corps station would be established there. By early November plans were announced to acquire 5,700 additional acres to expand the post and to reestablish the reception center. (Boston Herald, October 16, p. 14, and November 5, 1940, p. 24.)
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), pp. 331-332.