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To Mrs. E. A. H. James
October 29, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mrs. James:
While casually scanning the last issue of the Royal Engineers Journal I noticed the name of your husband in the series of obituaries printed in that issue. You will probably not remember me, but I have a very pleasant recollection of you and your husband in Tientsin in 1926.1
Mrs. Marshall I believe came into touch with you in connection with the charitable service you were rendering in placing orders for the Chinese orphans in convents who were doing fine needlework—or something of that sort. She was very agreeably impressed by you, and I recall in particular a dinner at your house where I came to know you and Colonel James. He made a very definite impression on me and I was much struck by the similarity of the statements in the obituary I refer to and the thoughts I had at the time.
I am very sorry to learn of his death and send you my sympathy. Mrs. Marshall, I regret to tell you, died shortly after her return from China, in September 1927.
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. Ernest Arthur Henry James, then a major, had been officer in charge of the Royal Engineers in Tientsin. He had died March 15, 1944. The obituary writer called him “one of the most brilliant Engineer officers of his generation, greatly respected by many friends, but comparatively little known in the Army outside his immediate circle.” (Obituary in GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
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), p. 644.