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To Lieutenant General Dwight D. Eisenhower
January 26, 1943 [Casablanca, Morocco]
It was not until the plane had taken off this morning that I realized McCarthy had allowed Butcher to strip your bedroom of its fine rug. I had been looking for one similar to it, and I understand that one had been located for me in Algiers, but Butcher was so insistent upon my taking yours as a present to Mrs. Marshall from you that McCarthy was apparently unable to prevent this. She has wanted such a rug for a long time, and I can tell you in advance that there is nothing that she would appreciate more.1
My visit with you in Algiers was reassuring in every regard; in particular, I enjoyed the opportunity to get two good nights of rest after the prolonged conferences at Casablanca.
Thank you for your hospitality. The time I spent at your headquarters and with you at your villa provided me with a keen sense of your problems and of the impressive manner in which you are handling them.2
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: Dwight D. Eisenhower Papers, Pre-Presidential, Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, Abilene, Kansas.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Eisenhower’s response is printed in Papers of DDE, 2: 931-32. Lieutenant Colonel Frank McCarthy had served as Marshall’s assistant on the trip; Commander Harry C. Butcher, U.S. Navy Reserve, was Eisenhower’s aide. Several days after returning to Washington, McCarthy wrote to Butcher that Marshall had decided to send the rug to Mrs. Eisenhower as a gift from her husband without mentioning the chief of staff’s involvement. Butcher replied that Eisenhower had directed him to purchase a rug as a gift for Mrs. Marshall. (McCarthy to Butcher, February 10,1943, and Butcher to McCarthy, February 27, 1943, GCMRL/F. McCarthy Papers [U.S. Army 1941-45].)
2. Marshall and King had flown to Eisenhower’s headquarters in Algiers on January 24; King left the next day, but Marshall remained until the twenty-sixth, when he returned to Casablanca prior to beginning the return trip to Washington. Butcher’s diary includes an account of Marshall’s visit, including the observation that “General Marshall’s whole attitude toward Ike was that of father to son. . . General Marshall gave me ‘orders’ to take care of Ike, keep him out of the office as much as possible, get him home early, get a masseur, have him rubbed down every evening before dinner, make him take a little nap before dinner, make him get a place where he can ride horseback or get some form of exercise, and, in general, do things that relax his mind and body, so he can have a fresh point of view while meeting ever-pressing decisions.” (My Three Years with Eisenhower: The Personal Diary of Captain Harry C. Butcher, USNR, Naval Aide to General Eisenhower, 1942 to 1945 [New York: Simon and Schuster, 1946], p. 247.)
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 519.