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To Franklin D. Roosevelt
December 24,  [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mr. President:
I am distressed that you cannot enter the holidays free to enjoy contemplation of the military and naval successes or victories of the past year. It seems too bad that your mind must be burdened with such serious difficulties on the home front.1
I want you to know that I deeply appreciate the support you have given me and the confidence you have reposed in me, and at the same time I wish to express my admiration for the magnificent leadership you have given the country and the Army and Navy.
I received the volume of your Inaugural Addresses which I shall treasure.
With all good wishes and my prayers for you in the New Year,
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. When Marshall and Stimson met with the president on December 23, Stimson recorded that Roosevelt “threw a bombshell on us of the largest size possible. He told us that the Brotherhoods of the Railroads were stubborn and insistent on their strike, which is set for next Thursday, the 30th of December.” If the strike could not be avoided, the president wanted the army to take over the railroads. (December 23, 1943, Yale/H. L. Stimson Papers [Diary, 45: 140-41].) The New York Times had criticized the president for mishandling railroad labor issues. (December 22, 1943, p. 22.) For more on the railroad situation, see note 1, Marshall to King, December 29, 1943, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-185 [4: 213-14]. A strike in the steel industry also began on December 24.
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. 208.