4-235 To Harry L. Hopkins, February 9, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: February 9, 1944

Subject: World War II

To Harry L. Hopkins

February 9, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Harry,

I feel most apologetic about not having communicated with you before. I tried to telephone, without success, but should have gotten off a letter—several of them—because you have been daily on my mind.

McCarthy just showed me your note stating that you might get out in about a week and are going off for a month’s rest.1 What I want to propose is this:

We took over the White Sulphur and established an excellent hospital there without changing the furnishings. I had two of the numerous cottages held out as a place to send high-ranking officers who are in need of rehabilitation. They are luxuriously furnished and the surroundings are delightful even in the winter season. Eisenhower and a number of general officers from overseas have been sent there to recuperate, also a number from the War Department who were getting rather sketchy physically.

We could put you and Mrs. Hopkins up there most comfortably. You could have the benefit of excellent doctors and also the advantage of having Mrs. Hopkins with you in pleasant surroundings. If the weather is favorable you can be flown in, the trip requiring about an hour and a quarter; the railroad trip on the C & O of course consumes most of the day.

I hope very much you will let us make this arrangement for you. In the meantime I am delighted that your hospital period is about completed.2

Faithfully yours,

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 had been recovering from illness since early January at the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. His note is not in the Marshall papers.

2. Hopkins replied on February 10 that his doctors recommended that he recuperate in a warm, sunny climate, so he was leaving for Miami Beach the next day. He did, however, stay at the U.S. Army’s Ashford General Hospital at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, from early May to July 4, 1944, while convalescing from an operation. (Hopkins to Marshall, February 10, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected]; Robert E. Sherwood, Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History [New York: Harper and Brothers, 1948], pp. 804-9.)

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. 275-276.

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