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To Glenn L. Martin1
November 6, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Mr. Martin:
Arnold and I got back to town about 2:30 yesterday afternoon and I proceeded directly to the office and got in a couple of hours’ work before closing time. I felt up to fast action as result of the delightful relaxation of my hours with you.
I want you to know that I appreciated very much your luxurious and gracious hospitality. I thoroughly enjoyed my day and only regret that I was not a better shot. Despite your feeling that the geese did not do just as you would have them conduct their affairs yesterday, I felt that we had a full opportunity to get the limit, that is, if we had the goods.
Thank you very much for a fine outing.2
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. One of the pioneers of aviation, Martin was president and chairman of the board of the Glenn L. Martin Company of Baltimore, Maryland, an aircraft manufacturer.
2. Major General Henry H. Arnold had arranged the trip in order to demonstrate to the chief of staff the effect a shortage of aluminum was having on aircraft production. At the Martin factory they found only a small part of the plant in operation. Arnold recalled that upon returning to Washington, Marshall “put in his own grim plea for more aluminum. . . . Overnight, the attitude of the men in charge of aluminum production changed.” (H. H. Arnold, Global Mission [New York: Harper and Brothers, 1949], p. 205.) See Memorandum for the Assistant Secretary of War, December 9, 1940, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-318 [2: 365-66].
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. 346.