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To General Pedro Góes Monteiro
October 15, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear General Monteiro:
I had looked forward to meeting you personally on your arrival in Washington this morning, but I have been advised by the diplomatic experts that if I did this it would be necessary for me to meet the various Chiefs of Staff as they arrive, which would be a physical impossibility. Therefore, I am sending General Crane to extend my personal welcome and to express my regrets that I cannot meet you personally.1
I received your message expressing your regret that you cannot have family dinner with Mrs. Marshall and myself tonight. I am very sorry but I quite understand your situation. However, at the first opportunity Mrs. Marshall and I wish to welcome you into our home.
Hoping that you have had a pleasant trip and you are in fine health, and looking forward with the keenest pleasure to renewing our friendship, believe me, with high regard
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Brigadier General John A. Crane was head of the foreign liaison section of G-2. United States Army and Navy staff representatives cooperated in two series of conversations with Latin American military staff representatives, one in June, and the second between August and October 1940. In these discussions the United States sought to define a framework for military cooperation, particularly to insure that base facilities would be available to United States forces should the need arise. Staff agreements were concluded with each Latin American nation approached, except Argentina, which rebuffed the overtures. As part of these efforts to influence their military policies, Marshall invited the chiefs of staff (or equivalent) and one other officer from each of the Central and South American nations to visit the United States and to tour various military installations and defense industries. Two groups visited the United States: the first from October 1 to 14, and the second from October 16 to 30. Marshall met with the visitors several times. He was particularly friendly to Brazil’s chief of staff, General Góes Monteiro, who had a special itinerary and who discussed and concluded a staff agreement with the United States on October 29. (Conn and Fairchild, Framework of Hemisphere Defense, pp. 178–85. See Marshall to Oswaldo Aranha, January 6, 1941, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-331 [2: 381–82].)
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 329–330.