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To Mrs. Campbell King
April 26, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with you and Campbell yesterday and I am only sorry that Katherine could not have been with me. It was such a pleasure to find you both looking so well and Dick and his wife and cute little daughter established close by. I could not have had a lovelier day nor more beautiful surroundings.1
I stopped by the Fox Conner’s and found them established in their living room, Fox reading Douglas Freeman’s “Lee’s Lieutenants” and Mrs. Fox talking in the usual tone of voice.2 They too brought in the man who manages their place and I am now engaged in trying to locate the whereabouts of one son in the Army—in New Zealand, I think.
I had an interesting flight north with a good look at the mountains, Katherine’s old school, Hollins College, near Roanoke, Monticello and some of Lily’s family places near Charlottesville. I reached here at 5:55 p.m. and had dinner at home at 6:30. So it was a very easy journey. However, immediately thereafter I had to plunge into a number of documents and radios from all over the world.
I see this morning that my telephone message from your house took a fair part of the front page of all the Washington papers and I presume those elsewhere. I am referring to the announcement of McNair’s wounding and the appointment of General Lear as a temporary replacement. To show you how quickly things move with the aid of planes, I think I telephoned the instructions from your place at about 1:30 and Lear, who was then in Memphis, Tennessee, is now in the reception room waiting to see me at 8:45 this morning.
I am sending you a photograph which I hope is an acceptable likeness, and also two Casablanca prints.
My affectionate regards to both of 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 Good Friday, April 23, Marshall left Washington by plane for an inspection trip to Camp Pickett, Virginia, and Asheville, North Carolina. On Easter Day he visited with the Campbell Kings in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Major General Campbell King, a longtime friend of Marshall, had retired in 1933 after thirty years of military service. Most likely Dick was the Kings’ son Duncan.
2. Major General Fox Conner, who lived in Hendersonville, North Carolina, had retired from the army in 1938; the Conners were longtime friends of Marshall.
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 663-664.