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To Mrs. John J. Singer
June 21, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]
Yesterday Katherine received your Thursday letter asking her to secure an autographed photograph of me in payment of your doctor’s bill. I will be glad to do this but please be a little more definite. What is the fellow’s name? It is customary to inscribe a photograph to the individual if any particular compliment is intended.
As I am leaving tonight on a week or ten-day trip1 there will be some delay in sending on the photograph. Also, since you are to be at Pike Run, would it not be better to have the photograph mailed direct to the doctor from here? Address your reply to these questions to the office and not to Fort Myer as my mail is opened here and promptly attended to.
Katherine is down at Leesburg and Allene and Tris are with her.2 The first cook quit, the dog ran off, and in locating the dog Molly found another cook who had a reputation for both drinking and stealing. Nevertheless she was hired. I am afraid Katherine became unduly considerate and gave her all Sunday off so she did not return until Monday night and drunk, but willing at least to break china. She hasn’t been seen since. Maybe the dog will get lost again.
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. That afternoon Marshall flew to Detroit, where he attended a reception and dinner honoring Lieutenant General William S. Knudsen—former president of General Motors, wartime production adviser and expediter, and, until recently, director of Army Air Forces Materiel and Services—who had returned to work in the automotive industry. After the ceremonies, Marshall flew to Oregon, where he visited friends and fished for six days. On the twenty-eighth, he flew to Rockford, Illinois, where he delivered some luncheon remarks at an army service command conference at nearby Camp Grant. That evening he returned to Washington, D.C.
2. Allene Tupper Wilkes was Mrs. Marshall’s sister, and Colonel Tristram Tupper was their brother.
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 234-235.