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To Franklin D. Roosevelt
January 27, 1944 Washington, D.C.
My dear Mr. President,
Please accept my congratulations on your birthday.1 Last year at this time we were treasuring our great hopes as a result of the recent Casablanca conference. It seems to me much more was realized than we anticipated then, and I have the feeling that the Lord will bless our efforts in the coming months, again beyond our expectations.
I anticipate some very hard knocks but I think these will not be fatal to our hopes, rather the inevitable stumbles on a most difficult course.
I wish to thank you for the strong support you have given me personally and to the entire Army in the past twelve months.
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers, President’s Secretary’s File, Safe, Marshall, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Roosevelt was born at Hyde Park, New York, on January 30, 1882.
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. 251.