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To General Malin Craig
September 3, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
I received your very fine and affecting note of August 31st Saturday evening, and wired you immediately my appreciation, but I wish you to be certain how much I really do appreciate your writing.1
This first year has been hectic. As a matter of fact, it is a little more than a year because the circus began July 1st with what I thought was a pretty full blast at that time. The Fall was busy and packed with new things, and the winter seemed more so; but the last two weeks have been without precedent.
You were good enough to predict that the coming twelve months will not be so hard, but I rather anticipate the next three months as being the hardest of all because it will be the first experience of a troop concentration of the National Guard, and probably compulsory service trainees in time of peace. With the full liberty of the press and with no repression as in 1917, we are going to have a hard time meeting the captious criticisms that are bound to develop. However, I will continue to follow your scheme of “doing my damndest and to hell with the result”.
With my thanks again, and love and affection 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. In his letter Craig observed that he had reviewed Marshall’s first year as chief of staff: “I . . . am sure that you have made no mistakes and feel that you have handled yourself and your problems very wonderfully. You have the confidence of Congress and altogether, you can not have many regrets. I fully believe that this first year has been harder and more upsetting, than the next years will be.” (Craig to Marshall, August 31, 1940, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 298.