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To Henry L Stimson
November 13, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]
I was very sorry the other day not to see you when I went down to Long Island with Mrs. Marshall and the McCoys to the Page place,1 but I was much sorrier to learn that you were threatened, as I understood at the time, with flu. It was not until this morning that I learnt by way of McCloy what a serious time you have been having.
I am greatly distressed but encouraged to learn now that you are decidedly on the mend. I do hope that you will make a rapid convalescence, and also that Mrs. Stimson has kept her strength through this ordeal.
Katherine and I were much disappointed in not seeing you both, as we had counted on this in making the engagement to have lunch with the Pages. As a matter of fact, it was the principal reason for accepting the Page invitation. She is down at Leesburg now in the process of gradually moving our things from Myer to the Leesburg house. Molly is there with the two grandchildren waiting until she can obtain possession of a small shack in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her husband has just returned from Germany and is stationed at Bragg.
We are counting on moving out of Washington lock, stock and barrel in a very few days, though no mention of this has been made public or is even understood here in the War Department. Eisenhower reached Washington this morning after a day in Boston. He is to appear before the Committees of Congress conducting hearings regarding universal military training and the unification of the War and Navy Departments. He then goes to the Legion meeting at Chicago, and following that will hurry back to Great Britain to accept a degree from the University of Edinburgh on the 23rd of the month and another from Oxford a few days later. General Handy, who met him at the train this morning, said he looked very tired and much in need of rest.
Please be very careful and don’t let anything worry you except the possible delay in serving the next meal. Our thoughts and prayers will be with 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. See Marshall to Page, October 30, 1945, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-262 [5: 345-46].
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 355-356.