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To John S. Shedden
July 13, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Mr. Shedden:
Thank you for your note of the 12th [11th], it was very understanding and appreciative of you to have written as you did.1 I was sorry to learn that Madge had been laid up with flu. Lord knows she had enough to bear without that added to her troubles. However, she is young and courageous and fortunately is occupied with an interesting job, and more fortunately, she is close to you and Mrs. Shedden.2
Katherine gets along pretty well and has the necessary courage but lacks the physical and nervous strength. She has been working industriously down at Leesburg and is getting into better shape generally.
With my affectionate regards to you both,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Madge Shedden Brown’s father had written that he and Mrs. Shedden “greatly appreciate the help you have given Madge. She is devoted to you and Mrs. Marshall and all you have done for her has given her the courage to bear her loss bravely.” He concluded, “I understand fully what Allen’s death means”; his son had been killed when returning from a mission the plane struck the side of a hill in England in January 1943. (Shedden to Marshall, July 11, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General]. Regarding Shedden’s son, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-489 [3: 521-22].)
2. Madge Brown and son Tupper (Allen T., Jr.) lived with her parents in New York, and she worked for Life magazine.
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. 520-521.