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To Major General Frank R. Schwengel
December 31, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Mrs. Marshall and I are deeply appreciative of the warming Christmas remembrance from you. It will carry us through quite a few months of the New Year.1
Confidentially, I might confess that for the first time in my life I have felt the need of a drink occasionally. Mrs. Marshall and I work very hard on our place down at Leesburg and by work I mean the pickaxe or pitchfork, the shovel and the wheelbarrow, and at times a crowbar—no labor ordinarily being available. As our work hours as a rule start at about 7:30 A.M. and we run up to about 6:00 P.M. whenever I am able to get away from Washington, both of us now find ourselves much in need of a pick-up and here is where you come into the picture. As a matter of fact I seemingly need at times to be completely picked up, though I find that on Monday morning my brain works at top speed.
With best wishes for you in the New Year,
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. When Marshall was senior instructor for the Illinois National Guard, Schwengel had been commanding general of the Guard’s Fifty-eighth Field Artillery Brigade in Chicago. At this time, Schwengel lived in New York City and was head of United States operations for Seagram’s Ltd. of Montreal. He sent the Marshalls a case of Seagram’s whiskey.
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. 227-228.