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To Mrs. John J. Singer
August 17, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
I returned yesterday from six days in the Adirondacks and found your note from Pike Run. They are sending you several of the autographed cards so that you can deal them out as necessary.1
You know, you amuse me, usually with each letter—and amusements are rare these days. I shall quote from your last letter: “It is so hard to write up here for we are always doing something; always golf, then driving all over the country and eternally eating.” Since I write to you and at considerably greater length than you write to me, I take it that Pike Run compares very favorably with the job of global warfare.
Katherine is at Leesburg. We went down yesterday. She is much benefitted from her stay in the Adirondacks. We were there with the Joe Davies!2 They gave us a detached cottage and left us pretty generally undisturbed; we devoted ourselves to sleeping late, swimming several times a day on the beach by our cottage, canoeing, etc. I had a pouch sent up from the War Department every other day with the current papers and reports and kept in touch otherwise by telephone.
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 had requested “one of those cards with your autograph” for a twelve-year-old boy who “greatly admires General Marshall.” (Singer to Marshall, [August 14, 1944], GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. Joseph E. Davies, a lawyer who had held numerous positions in the national Democratic party and had carried out some diplomatic assignments (e.g., ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1936-38), was chairman of the President’s War Relief Control Board. Between August 9 and 15, the Marshalls had stayed with Davies and his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post, at “Camp Topridge” on Upper Saint Regis Lake in New York.
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), pp. 549-550.