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To Major General Roy D. Keehn
June 18, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
I received your note of the other day and sent it to the proper section of the Staff for report; I have not yet gotten their reply. This morning came your further note of June 17th regarding the same matter, and also going into more pleasant details regarding Arlington and the Races.1
As you surmised, I am busy to an extent I did not even reach in the World War, with the added difficulty of meeting a wide variety of people who can contribute or complicate things for us to an important degree. Also I spend a great deal of time before committees of Congress and most of the time have the disadvantage of being caught off the base, for one cannot talk, sometimes five hours at a time, without exposing himself to a great deal of misquoting or unfortunate implications. Also the situation has advanced with such lightning rapidity, with one of a very critical nature for us, that my time and thoughts are very heavily absorbed in what the next move should be.
This is a very hasty note, but I did not want you to think that I was neglecting you.
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. On June 11 and 17 General Keehn had sent Marshall copies of correspondence with Sixth Corps Area Commander Major General Stanley H. Ford concerning Keehn’s unsuccessful opposition to the promotion of Colonel Charles C. Haffner, whom Keehn considered avaricious and insubordinate. Keehn’s letter of June 17 ended with an invitation to Marshall to visit Chicago on July 10 for the “Classic Stakes” at Arlington Park Race Track.
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), p. 245.