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To Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.
July 5, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
The other day I spoke to you casually about the possibility of having a puddle jumper fly you down to Horseshoe and return and thus make it possible for you to have a little more relaxation. I don’t know whether you took me seriously but I was serious. Let me know if you are interested and I will look into the question of the availability of the plane and the security of landing in the meadow in front of the house.1
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. “You are the most thoughtful person I have ever known,” replied the under secretary of state on July 6. “There are certain occasions when it would be most helpful for me to have the privilege of using a plane. I do not feel, however, that the time saved in flying to Horse Shoe would justify my using a puddle jumper.” (Stettinius to Marshall, July 6,1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) Horse Shoe Farm was the Stettinius family home near Rapidan, Virginia.
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), p. 507.