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To Mrs. Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.
July 28, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
I feel most apologetic in not having written you how much I enjoyed and appreciated the week-end you gave me, particularly as you had to combine the obligations of a hostess with the role of an invalid. I returned to town much refreshed and with a more tolerant and wholesome outlook on things in general. It was a good thing that I did because the week following was a terrific one for me.1
I had Brentano send you two books, which I hope you will read.2 Both are old favorites of mine, but for different reasons. “Queed” is a Richmond story and what I would like you to notice are the discussions by Queed relating to sociology and allied matters, particularly with regard to the effect of intellectual supremacy in relation to the maintenance of a dominant race or group.
“Amos Judd” is merely, in my opinion, a little classic of romantic and dramatic fiction. It won’t take you long to read it, but I want you to be frank in your impression. Katherine tells me I am too positive in my likes and dislikes, as well as too odd in my general choice of literature. As a matter of fact, I seldom read fiction.
I hope you have entirely recovered from your many stitches.
P.S. I expect to leave tonight for a hurried inspection in Massachusetts, flying back tomorrow night, then Thursday morning early I will probably head for the Northwest. Katherine, Fleet and I are sending you a photograph.
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. Marshall had spent the weekend of July 19-20 at Horse Shoe Farm, the Stettiniuses’ home near Rapidan, Virginia. Since January 1941 Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., had been director of the Division of Priorities and chairman of the Priorities Board of the Office of Production Management.
2. Marshall had the following sent to Mrs. Stettinius: Henry S. Harrison, Queed: A Novel (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911); John A. Mitchell, Amos Judd (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1901). (Marshall to Brentano’s Book Stores, Inc., July 22, 1941, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
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), pp. 577-578.