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To Elliott B. Macrae from Frank McCarthy
October 23, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Thanks for your letter of October 15.1
I had a talk with General Marshall this morning, and of course he is familiar with the standing of the Dutton Company. On the other hand, he has made up his mind quite firmly that he can give no thought at this time to writing a book, and, in fact, he has no intention of writing a book after the war. I don’t like to be so categorical as this, but I know the General well enough to say that, in view of this statement, any further effort on our part would be fruitless. He keeps no diary of any kind, nor does any member of his staff keep one for him, and I am perfectly sure no amount of persuasion would cause him to do any further thinking about the matter at present, and I do not believe he will ever change his mind about writing a book in later life.
While I realize this letter is somewhat blunt, I am sure you would want me to give you the straight story. This is it.
Do you ever come to Washington, and, if so, won’t you look me up?
Document Copy Text Source: Frank McCarthy Papers, U.S. Army 1941-45, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Macrae (V. M.I., 1922), secretary and treasurer of E. P. Dutton and Company, a book publisher in New York City, had written to ask McCarthy to inquire about Marshall’s plans regarding memoirs and suggesting that his company would like to publish them.
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), pp. 164-166.