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To James F. Byrnes1
June 20, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Senator Byrnes:
Knowing the deluge of congratulations you would be receiving, I have delayed a little in the hope that you might have time to read mine. I was genuinely delighted to read of your appointment, though selfishly disturbed over the loss of your powerful assistance in the Senate.
In my contacts with the Senate, particularly with the Appropriations Committee, I have felt that your backing and your guidance have been of great help and importance to me personally and to the Army program in general. A number of times you have skillfully protected me during hearings when my own inexperience was leading me into something of an impasse.
I want you to know that I was deeply appreciative of what you did for me and the Army. You have my very sincere congratulations.
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. On June 12, President Roosevelt had nominated senator Byrnes of South Carolina to be an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.
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. 539-540.