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To Mrs. John J. Singer
September 25, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
I received your note acknowledging the South American magazine and I am glad you liked the picture. Shortly after that one appeared in a Sunday magazine, a supplement of one of the papers, but a very poor picture I thought.
I wish you would tell me what you know about Pittsburgh Coal, incidentally giving me the market value in July, 1929, when it came to us. I have in mind selling this just before the end of the year to take advantage of whatever loss is involved.
I propose doing the same thing with the Pennsylvania Railroad stock. Can you give me its value in July, 1929? I am sorry to trouble you about these but my papers are in a chest somewhere in the attic and I haven’t the time to look for them.1
Katherine has been working very hard down at Leesburg getting things straightened up for the tenants who arrive this week. It was almost impossible to get any labor at any time this summer. We had about a thousand dollars worth of business for a carpenter and never were able to get one; also about a three hundred dollar job for a painter and never got him. As a result I have been skilled and unskilled labor Saturdays and Sundays as I was able to get down there. We would start to work at seven o’clock Sunday morning and keep going until about seven in the evening, with a half hour out for luncheon. I think it did me a great deal of good both physically and resting me mentally, but I was pretty tired at night and almost acquired a permanent stoop.
I may be traveling again shortly in two or three different directions. Pressures seem to increase rather than diminish. I suppose this is inevitable. We were very sorry to miss Betty Bovard. As a matter of fact I arrived at the house about five minutes after she left. Katherine was not in town. We shall look her up immediately after the first of October, the date she is to move here, according to her note.
Give my love to Mary.2
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. When Marshall’s mother died in 1929, her children inherited some stock. Mrs. Singer replied: “I have heard nothing new about Pitts. Coal except that it has been making money this year, for the first time in many years, and today sold at the highest for the year. We got 22 shares valued at $1940.00. P.R.R. 15 shares $1260.00.” (Singer to Marshall, [September 30, 1942], GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers (Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. Mary Bovard and her daughter and Betty were friends from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where Marie lived.
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 366-367.