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To Mrs. John J. Singer
January 19, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
I found on my return to town a statement of the annual meeting of the shareholders of the Pennsylvania Wire Glass Company, together with a proxy for my signature. If you have any of this stock I should be interested to learn whether or not you think it is advisable to hold on or to sell, at least what is the status of the stock. I have no idea what it is worth or anything else about it but I am inclined to convert stocks into cash and in turn invest in Liberty bonds or in material things such as real estate adjacent to us at Leesburg.1
Katherine and I had a delightful rest at Miami Beach, a lovely cottage with private bathing beach and no intrusions of any kind whatsoever. I did not even see any of the commanders concerned until the last afternoon at 5:30 when I had them and their wives in for tea. I wore civilian clothes and was seldom recognized and fortunately was never picked up by the papers.2 I suppose the cold weather made things difficult for you in Greensburg. I found a fairly heavy snow on the ground on my return to Washington.
With my love,
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’s sister replied that she knew nothing about the company, but she suggested that Marshall wait until after the meeting to see if they voted to liquidate. (Singer to Marshall, [January 22, 1944], GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) In February, Marie wrote that the company had been sold at a bankrupt sale. Marshall replied that he had “received a small check from Pittsburgh Glass on account of the closing out of business, with the implication that other checks might follow.” (Singer to Marshall, February 8, 1944, and Marshall to Singer, February 12, , ibid.)
2. For information on Marshall’s trip to Miami, see note 1, Marshall to Spaatz, January 18, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-202 [4: 237].
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. 243.