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To Lady Burghley
December 16, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Lady Burghley:
Your charming little Christmas remembrances have given me a great deal of pleasure, particularly the Kentucky cardinal reminiscent of the Sunday morning on your lawn in Bermuda.1 I do wish that poor Dill could have this same pleasure that I enjoy of your thoughtful reminder of a most delightful weekend.
Incidentally, yesterday the Congress completed its action on a resolution of esteem and appreciation regarding Dill’s services which was introduced by the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This is an action without precedent in our Congressional history. I am enclosing a copy of the bill which does not indicate the final action concluded yesterday.2 As you no doubt know, Dill was, at his request, buried in Arlington National Cemetery, our military Valhalla. I have arranged to have a considerable plot of ground surrounding his grave set aside because we have in mind a memorial that will serve as a reminder to the many who daily visit Arlington that a great British soldier made a remarkable contribution to the unity of allied effort in this war. With all the bickerings that are going on and are inevitable in the future it to me is most refreshing to have his wonderful example of a great service not restricted solely to his own country but extended to the United States and the world in general.
Please give my Christmas greetings to the young ladies who I hope have forgiven me for the injections in which I involved them,3 and with all my best wishes for the New Year to you and Lord Burghley,
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. The wife of the governor-general of Bermuda had sent Marshall a set of painted metal matchbox covers.
2. House Joint Resolution 317 was titled: “Recognizing the outstanding service rendered to the United Nations by Field Marshal Sir John Dill.” President Roosevelt signed the resolution on December 20 (Public Law 516, 78th Cong., 2d sess.).
3. See Marshall to Lady Burghley, March 29, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-326 [4: 379].
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. 694-695.