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To Mrs. Allen T. Brown
June 7, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
You will probably not get this letter until your return to New York, but as I am leaving the country I shall get it off today.
The package from Abercrombie and Fitch arrived yesterday and Katherine was charmed with the contents. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your taking the time out of a busy last day in New York to do this for me. You sent me exactly what I wanted and it had a most pleasing effect. Please, without reluctance, mail an item of the cost, or the bill, to my office (attention of Miss Nason).
Clifton unexpectedly arrived Monday afternoon at 2:30 P.M. He telephoned you in New York at 6:00 o’clock and found that you had just left the apartment for the train. He is now calculating on seeing you on your return, if he is still in the country. In any event, he has written out in great detail a full account of just what happened. Also, he brought back with him all of Allen’s things; the clothes we are having cleaned and when you return to New York the package will be sent to you.1
Your brief visit gave a great deal of pleasure and I think had a highly beneficial effect on Katherine. You must do it again and frequently. She and Clifton are leaving for Fire Island on Friday. He will probably be with her there for four or five days and then have to start back. They sent him over as a courier, with a pouch.
I hope your trip to Wisconsin proves interesting and holds your attention.
It is the best thing you could possibly have done at this time.
With my love, and my thanks for your shopping and for your sweet card,
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Madge worked for Life magazine and was traveling to Chicago and Wisconsin on a business assignment. For information regarding Allen Brown’s death, see Marshall to Brown, May 30, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-397 [4: 468].
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. 474-475.