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4-051 To Mrs. John J. Singer, July 14, 1943

   
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: July 14, 1943

Subject: World War II


To Mrs. John J. Singer

July 14, [1943] [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Marie:

A letter from you to Katherine arrived yesterday, and as she is at Leesburg I opened it. I am forwarding it to her today. I was distressed to learn that you had been sick but glad to know that you are fairly well out of the woods and in one place for the remainder of the summer. I can’t imagine a more restful and agreeable place to convalesce than the Pike Run Club, and I envy you the beauty and peacefulness of the view from the lawn.1

Katherine moved down to Leesburg immediately on my last return from Africa. Allene has joined her there and presumably she will not come back to Myer until sometime in September. She has been back in town three or four times for a day or two, but shortage of gasoline makes that sort of thing rather impossible. I have tried to get down on Saturday afternoon, Friday night if at all possible, but have only succeeded in doing this last once.

Last Sunday we had Giraud for midday dinner and the place was cluttered up with FBI men to blanket the shrubbery.

Fleet is with Katherine and is a continual source of amusing trouble. His last performance was to chase a skunk out onto the lawn and after driving the family into the house he joined them in time to get sick, choosing the best rug.

Allen comes to town from his final training at Fort Knox, late Friday night and I hope to take him down to Leesburg Saturday. He gets the usual ten days’ leave commencing Monday and will join Madge at Fire Island where she is spending the summer. He won his commission a month ago and has been in the field on battle training ever since—one canteen of water for each twenty-four hours, cook your own food, confined to the emergency ration, which Allen says is dehydrated hay; as his part of this was during an extremely hot spell he has great respect for a teaspoonful of water.

Clifton has had to come to Washington every other Saturday night to go to the Walter Reed Sunday morning to have his foot further treated. One foot is entirely cured, so they say, but the other is still causing trouble and as the limit in the use of radium has been reached, including a burn, and followed by an operation which removed about as much as could be spared from the sole of one’s foot, he has to be very careful who attends the treatment. Therefore his trips to Washington. He goes back on Sunday evening to Richmond.2

Molly is in a lakeside tourist camp near Fort Blanding between Jacksonville and Gainesville, Florida, fortunately situated as regards cottage and neighbors and lake. The children are thriving. She seems to be well though until recently had no help whatsoever even for the laundry. Now I believe a woman comes in twice a week and does some of the laundry. Jim gets in to see her Saturday night and I believe one other night. Little Jimmy is starting to talk and is very active. Kitty is progressing very rapidly.

My movements are quite uncertain; I have been away several times and was at sea part of last week on a Naval vessel. My schedule will be quite uncertain from now on I presume until the end of the war. My departure for Africa the last time was on just a few hours notice.

Last night I had the Governor of Bermuda, Lord Knollys and Lady Knollys for tea and Harry Hopkins and his wife, out in the garden. Last week was a continual series of engagements because of Giraud. I met him Wednesday, took him to tea at the White House that afternoon and gave him a dinner for forty at the Mayflower Hotel that night; took him to lunch with the President Thursday, joined him for lunch here at the War Department Friday and dined with him at the White House Friday night. Interpolated were business meetings with the Staff with him and along with this the regular business of the War Department, the Army at large and nine theaters of operations, so if you think you are too busy to write, measure it alongside this schedule and see if you can’t do better than a page and a half!

I sincerely hope that you are feeling much better and that you have not allowed your morale to waiver.

With my love,

Affectionately,

P.S. Give my love to Mary Bovard.3

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. The Pike Run Country Club was approximately twenty miles southeast of Marshall’s sister’s Greensburg, Pennsylvania, home.

2. Clifton S. Brown, Marshall’s elder stepson, was a captain assigned to an antiaircraft unit.

3. A family friend from Greensburg.

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. 61-63.

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