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To Field Marshal Sir John Dill
June 27, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
I called you up this morning to see if we could get together and found you were still at Mirador. Macready told me that you were not feeling very well. I am very sorry to hear this and hope you do not hustle back here ahead of medical schedule.1 Everyone inquired about you in England and there seemed a general regret that you couldn’t be present. However, things went very smoothly, much more so than usual.
The Prime Minister had me down to Chequers the first Saturday night. He had Admiral King for lunch at Downing Street. Later we all had dinner with the King and the Prime Minister at Downing Street. Admiral King left at noon one day for Casablanca and Arnold and I did not make our departure until 10:30 that evening for Algiers. The Prime Minister therefore had Arnold and me for dinner with him at Chequers that night, we going on from there to the airfield. I am sorry I can’t tell you more details but I don’t think it wise to commit them to an ordinary letter.2
Macready is on his way over now to listen in at my morning resume of operations all over the world. I tried to locate Welsh but couldn’t get him on the phone.3 There is so much happening these days and at such widely separated points that I thought it might be helpful to your mission to see the thing put together, as it were, all in one piece.
With my affectionate regards to Nancy and you,
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. Dill was staying at Mirador in Greenwood, Virginia. On July 8 he went to Ashford General Hospital at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, for medical examination and rest. General Marshall arranged for Sir John and Lady Dil1 to stay in one of the cottages there. (Frank McCarthy Memorandum for the Chief of Staff, July 7, 1944, GCMRL/ G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected]. See Marshall to Dill, July 12, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-448 [4: 518-19].) Lieutenant General Gordon N. Macready was chief of the British Army Staff at the British Joint Staff Mission in Washington.
2. For information regarding General Marshall’s trip to England and tour of the Normandy beachhead, see editorial notes #4-407, Papers of George Catlett Marshall [4: 476-78] and #4-411 [4: 48-82].
3. Air Marshal Sir William Welsh was head of the Royal Air Force delegation in Washington.
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. 495-496.