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To Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.
December 14, 1945 Washington, D.C.
For the past week I have been all day, every day, before a congressional committee and during the few remaining hours I have been engrossed in preparations for my departure for China, which up to the present have of necessity been very superficial. This is the reason you have not heard from me since your transfer from the hospital in New York to your rest area on Pompano Beach.1 I am so glad that you are down there for I cannot imagine a better place to recover your strength and peace of mind. I wish I could have had an opportunity to see you at least a few moments before my departure but that, of course, is impossible.
Please be very careful during the next few months and not reach out too far, with the inevitable consequences to your own disadvantage and that of the United States. Every senior officer who has gone through somewhat the same experience you have has inevitably pressed me to permit him to resume his work long before he was physically fit to do so. Whenever he succeeded, a breakdown, more serious than the previous one has inevitably resulted. So do not be foolish, and give Virginia complete authority to determine when and on what terms you can resume work. She will know far better than you, though you will never admit it.
I hope to take off tomorrow morning. Katherine hopes to close Leesburg tomorrow and get under way by motor for Pinehurst on Sunday. Molly has a house near Pinehurst at Southern Pines, her husband being on duty at Bragg. Katherine’s sister, Allene, will join her at Pinehurst.
With my love to you both,
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. The U.S. delegate to the United Nations Organization and chairman of the executive committee of the U.N. Preparatory Commission, Stettinius had made a hurried return from the London meetings on October 16 and went to Columbia University’s Presbyterian Medical Center for a gallstone operation. At the end of November he left New York City for Florida.
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 391.