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To Harry L. Hopkins
August 18,  [Washington, D.C.]
I just learned by accident that yesterday was your birthday, so I send you my congratulations.
The conventional expression of the wish that you may have “many more” does not meet the situation. Your good health is a matter of great and professional interest to me. I missed you much and sadly during the recent period of your indisposition and I am worried now, particularly with the Washington sultry heat, that you may again be overdoing.1
You have rendered a great service to the country in the past three years, one which will never be understood and therefore unappreciated, and given reasonable health—you always have the courage—you will be of great importance to what comes next in our international and war problems.
I don’t wish, I ask you to be careful, to conserve your energies and not to overdo and I am also prepared to damn you for your cigarettes, your drinks, and your late hours. Confine your excesses to gin rummy.
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. Hopkins, who was fifty-four on August 17, had been recovering from an illness and several surgical operations. See Marshall to Hopkins, February 9, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-235 [4: 275-76]. He had been back in his Georgetown home since July 4.
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), pp. 555-556.