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To Major General Ewing E. Booth
November 14, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
Your autobiography reached me yesterday morning and as I was partially housebound by a flu germ and only spent a few hours at the office, my time here at home has been devoted to re-reading it—I had previously read the MS.1 You gave me a great deal of pleasure with the book and by your gracious deed of gift on the flyleaf. Thank you for remembering me so.
Many portions of your story carried me back through the years and awakened fond memories. The period of your boyhood fascinated me, as I wrote you before. Incidentally, Senator Alva Adams and I became warm friends during the period he was Chairman of the Senate Sub-Committee on Deficiency Appropriations before which I spent many hours in obtaining authorizations for many billions. I last saw him at the airport in Denver shortly before his death.2
I have always been distressed that my sudden and very secret departure for the Casablanca conference prevented me from serving you at Mrs. Booth’s last rites, and also prevented me from seeing you.3 Some months ago I passed through Los Angeles in the final stage of a trip around the world. I hoped to see you, but was occupied so long in going through four of the large airplane plants in the few hours I was in the vicinity that I did not find the time.4 If I get out that way again I shall certainly make a special effort to see you.
Incidentally, Sally Garlington is one of my secretaries and looks after Mrs. Marshall’s voluminous semi-official correspondence. She is very efficient and agreeable to deal with.5
With my thanks again and affectionate regards,
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. Regarding My Observations and Experiences in the United States Army, which Booth had recently printed, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-095 [2: 127-29].
2. The Colorado Democrat died in Washington, D.C., December 1, 1941.
3. Marshall was to have been an honorary pallbearer for Mrs. Booth at Arlington National Cemetery on May 26, 1943. At that time, however, Marshall was traveling with Churchill to a conference in Algiers with Eisenhower. See editorial note #4-001, Papers of George Catlett Marshall [4: 3].
4. Marshall was in Los Angeles December 21-22, 1943; see editorial note #4-169 Papers of George Catlett Marshall [4: 200].
5. Mrs. Sally Garlington Chamberlin was Mrs. J. Franklin Bell’s niece. She handled some of Marshall’s personal correspondence, becoming, as Marshall’s authorized biographer observed, “an authority on information required to answer Marshall’s boyhood friends from Uniontown, inquiries on the family tree, or men who had served with him in the Philippines, at Leavenworth, or in World War I.” (Pogue, Organizer of Victory, p. 61.)
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. 664-665.