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To Major John J. Sullivan
December 2, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
I appreciate very deeply your letter of November 30th, with its complimentary references to my recent radio effort, the more so since my younger son—who sells radio advertising, was decidedly critical of my efforts.1
I have avoided public statements either by radio or in the press in order to avoid the inevitable reaction of boredom on the part of the public. However, in this particular case I found it necessary to say something and to do it without delay. Later on, when we have progressed further in the business, I will probably have not only an occasion to bring the public up to date, but the necessity of soliciting their support along some particular line. I am glad to know and feel quite confident that you are ready to do your part when the time comes.
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. Sullivan, a Seattle, Washington, lawyer and member of the Reserve Corps, had written to Marshall that his November 29 N.B.C. radio address had been splendid. “Being accustomed as a public speaker to do a lot of radio speaking I would not hesitate as a brother officer and friend to give constructive criticism with a desire and interest for the best interests of the service to be helpful, but I can honestly and truthfully say that you are a natural. You talk slowly, your diction is splendid, and it was just as if you were speaking to all of us, and it was very effective.” (Sullivan to Marshall, November 30, 1940, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
Nothing has been found in the Marshall papers regarding the criticism of Marshall’s address by his stepson, Allen Tupper Brown. On Marshall’s relationship with him, see Marshall to Brown, January 17, 1941, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-346 [2: 394].
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. 363.