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To Mrs. Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.
March 19, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
When I saw in the paper of Ed’s sudden illness I sent him a telegram at the hospital in Charlottesville. Katherine was in New York and knew nothing about the matter until after her return Tuesday. Then we tried to get you by telephone, first at The Shoreham, where Joey told us you were at Horse Shoe; then we tried at Horse Shoe but could get no reply. I am sending this letter to Horse Shoe and a copy to The Shoreham and another copy to the hospital at Charlottesville. This is rather an allopathic method of approach, but at least one of these will reach the home base.1
I am so distressed at Ed’s misfortune and so greatly concerned as to how serious the matter is. I do hope it has been a case of prompt action—rather a stitch in time. K. intends to try you on the telephone again this evening.
Today she is off to the funeral of a very old Aunt of hers near Fredericksburg.
Give Ed our love and tell him we are deeply concerned about him. As a matter of fact, he has somewhat kept my mind off the Japs and Germans.
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. Newspapers on March 16 reported that Stettinius, who had been administrator of the Office of Lend-Lease Administration since September 1941, had entered the University of Virginia Hospital the previous day with a kidney ailment that was described as not serious; he was in the hospital until April 2. (New York Times, March 16, p. 17, March 17, p. 14, and April 3, 1942, p. 16.) Joseph and Wallace Stettinius were nine-year-old twins. Horse Shoe Farm was the family home near Rapidan, Virginia.
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. 141-142.