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To Lieutenant General John E. Hull
August 21, 1946 Nanking, China
I returned to Nanking last night to find your letter of August 6th.1 I was much surprised to learn that you had been in Shanghai and very sorry indeed not to have seen you. Thanks for the invitation to stop over with you in Hawaii. Aside from the pleasure it would give me to see you again under such pleasant circumstances, I must admit that I would find a still greater pleasure in the fact that I was returning home.
I want to thank you again for the complete and invaluable support you gave in Washington to my efforts out here. You and Handy and Dean Acheson backed me up in a way, I believe, that no other American representative has ever been supported in the past.
With my thanks again.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, China Mission, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Hull had been at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, since July 10 as commanding general of U.S. Army Forces, Middle Pacific. He had written that he was in Shanghai on his way to Hawaii from visiting MacArthur’s headquarters in Tokyo. (Hull to Marshall, August 6, 1946, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [China Mission, General].)
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 660.