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To Mrs. James H. Winn
May 6, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
I have been a long time in acknowledging your letters, but there has been too much pressure and too much business, both of which are on a continuous increase.
We are so pleased that you find your surroundings and life delightful apparently in every respect. I was amused at your report to me on my series of advices, but I am glad that you did treat them seriously.
Clifton is in the hospital; Marie is here—arrived yesterday; Tris left Sunday afternoon having been here a week; Edmund Coles spent one day with us and Dr. and Mrs. Perry, of Phillips Exeter, spent 24 hours with us ten days ago. So you see the hotel still functions.1
The yard looks lovely now, everything is in bloom. Fleet is crazy about getting in the car when I go horse-back riding. The trouble is, he gets into anybody’s car. Dumcke removed him from a stranger’s car recently near the Lee mansion, where he was eating sandwiches, and yesterday the military police brought him home from Arlington cemetery. He sits down in front of all the automobiles, but as yet the Lord has been good. However, I fear the law of averages will prevail and he will have a tragedy.2
I sent Rosetta and Trail Runner down to Belvoir on Monday. Colonel and Mrs. Hoge will exercise them and I plan to ride there from time to time. I think Mrs. Hoge will give Rosetta fine training. Clifton had ridden her the three days before he went into the hospital. I suppose you know that she dumped Allen over her head.
I was to have left for Alaska yesterday but had to delay; again delayed today, with no prospects of leaving tomorrow. De Witt leaves Seattle on the 9th on an engineer boat to go four days by water and the remaining way by plane. I very much wish to join him, but it looks a dubious prospect at present.
With my love and affectionate regards to you both,
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Tristram Tupper, a writer, was Mrs. Marshall’s brother. Lewis Perry, Sr., was the principal of Phillips Exeter Academy.
2. Fleet, a dalmatian, had been given to the Marshalls by Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. Mrs. Marshall called the dog “beautiful but dumb. However, he loved his master with a devotion and adoration so complete that George’s heart was touched. Fleet, in fact, was the one stupid thing in which I have ever known him to take delight.” (K. T. Marshall, Together, p. 137.) Sergeant George Dumcke was the chief of staff’s driver.
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. 495-496.