2-619 To Mrs. James J. Winn, December 6, 1941

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: December 6, 1941

To Mrs. James J. Winn

December 6, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Molly:

Stayer was here the other day for lunch with us and, of course gave your mother the last word regarding you, much to her reassurance. She is progressing rapidly towards complete recovery though two of the fractures are still in the gristle stage, at least they were when she was X-rayed a week ago. She went to a hurriedly arranged and purely informal dinner at Alice Longworth’s the other night and seemed to enjoy it thoroughly. The previous Saturday evening she went to a very formal dinner, mostly Supreme Court, and apparently enjoyed that very much. The following day we had lunch alone with Lord and Lady Halifax; that was a very pleasant affair.1

My Panama dates are still uncertain. I had thought I might be able to make the trip between the 12th and Christmas, but conditions here will prevent that. Now it appears that I will get down some time in January. It is probable that I will go to the West Coast before Christmas, though that will depend on the international situation. Everything is so unsettled that it is out of the question for me to make additional plans. In addition, I am taking a rather heavy political beating these days, as a result of the large appropriation bills, regarding which I must testify, and the acute battle between the Isolationists and the Administration supporters. Added to this are a few bouquets that come from those who have been relieved from command. Most of this last has been quietly carried out, but the repercussions are severe and numerous nevertheless, and I am the target.

Your mother talks constantly about going to Panama, inquiring into rates, schedules, etc. I have grave doubts about the advisability of such a trip. She is going too strong now, and is a poor combatter with hot weather. Besides, from a purely personal standpoint, I have just about enough steam to do this job and if I am involved in her being down with an illness in addition to the job, it quickly goes beyond my resources.

I have written to the Commanding Officer of the Hot Springs General Hospital to make tentative reservations for us for the Christmas holiday period. I doubt if we can make any use of it but it does no harm to make the preliminary arrangements.

With my love,


Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the late President Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter, had been one of the most influential hostesses in Washington social life for many years.

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. 695-696.

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