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To Lieutenant General Hugh A. Drum
September 6, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
Your personal radio of September 4th, received yesterday, has not been acknowledged earlier because it was my wish to write you at some length and time yesterday was not available.
I was pleased to receive your message, and at this particular time, the more so because it has seemed to me that you apparently felt a personal resentment towards me.1 The results of such a reaction are unfortunate under any circumstances, and doubly so at the present time and in our respective positions. So, I repeat, I was pleased to receive your message, and I take you at your word.
There probably will be a conference of Army Commanders regarding matters of organization, and working details towards carrying out a program which, confidentially, we hope the President will authorize our announcing today. You will hear more about this later.
Meanwhile, with my sincere thanks for your message, believe me
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. Many observers had believed that General Drum was the leading candidate for the chief of staff’s position until Marshall was nominated. (See Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-571 [1: 713].) The editors have not located Drum’s September 4 radiogram to Marshall.
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), pp. 51-52.