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To General Malin Craig
August 21, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just this moment read your letter of August 18th, and yesterday I read your telegram regarding my code message. I enjoyed your letter, appreciated your writing, and failed to understand your telegram.1
I moved into the house at Fort Myer this morning, or rather my things did_I report there tonight. Everything is pretty well straightened out though, of course, no pictures have been hung and we have not unpacked the silver, but the other portions of the furniture and fixings have been approximately put in place.
I find the new plumbing costs like the devil, but I suppose it is these short hours and high wages. Tell Mrs. Craig the large window in the up-stairs library completely metamorphoses that room. The only change I made in the set-up agreed to by Mrs. Marshall, Mrs. Craig, and the quartermaster, was to have a dishwasher installed, and I think this will probably be of the greatest help in taking care of large Teas, etc.
The house with its new paper looks very attractive, and the new mantel and fire-place in the library have transformed that room. They found the chimney was almost completely stopped up, and that was causing the trouble. I heard from someone that the house had been painted colonial yellow, but if it has I am color blind because it still looks like red brick to me.
The Munitions Building offices, that is, the Secretary of War’s, Mr. Johnson’s and mine, are delightful in temperature and attractive in appearance. Doing business in this building has increased the efficiency of operations very materially, for now it is a very simple thing to bring in the people you want and talk things over. The Secretaries of the General Staff are infinitely better off and are in spacious quarters. We have an air-cooled lounging room for the press people, which has produced a concentration of press men here instead of over on the Navy side. Whether this is for the better or worse, I do not know.
It has been infernally hot here with terrific humidity. I have not been able to get up to see Mrs. Marshall for about a month, but I had hoped to go up there over Labor Day. Whether the present tension will permit or not, I do not know. I am about to leave for Plattsburg with the Secretary of War.
With my affectionate regards to Genevieve 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. Neither Craig’s August 18 letter nor his telegram are in the Marshall papers. The restricted-code telegram Marshall sent to Craig at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, read: “Your daily training program for Margie and Helen [Craig’s granddaughters] is approved. Deviations from program for purposes of golf are disapproved.” (Marshall to Craig, August 19, 1939, 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), pp. 37-38.