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To Mrs. John J. Singer
December 18, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Marie:
Katherine and I want you to come down and spend Christmas and New Years with us. Allene is coming from New York, also Clifton and Allen. Then Molly’s boy friend is coming in the middle of the week to stay over New Year’s day, and I think Allen’s girl from Staunton, Virginia, is coming for a few days, so we will be a sort of Grand Hotel.1
I suggest that you come down the day before Christmas, Sunday, and stay until the day after New Years. I am being specific as to dates, very frankly because if I left Katherine to her own over-generous devices, she would wreck herself, and she has a very hard time ahead of her in January and February. So I want her to have as much complete freedom from any responsibility as possible. However much she will enjoy the Holidays, it is going to be a heavy strain on her and I do not want to over-crowd her. I know you will understand.
I got back here late Thursday from an inspection of the Southeast, which was pretty strenuous for me, followed by the diplomatic reception at the White House that night and a later supper at Mrs. Truxtun Beale’s;2 then a dinner with Admiral Stark the next night, and one with the Deputy Chief of Staff last night. Meanwhile, Katherine is violently engaged in trying to catch up with her Christmas obligations.
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. Marie Marshall (Mrs. John J.) singer was the chief of staff’s sister. Mrs. Allene Tupper Wilkes was Mrs. Marshall’s sister. Clifton S., Allen T., and Molly P. Brown were Marshall’s stepchildren.
2. Mrs. Beale was the widow of a former United States minister to Greece, Rumania, Serbia, and Persia. Her Washington home, the Stephen Decatur mansion, had long been one of the city’s social and intellectual centers.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 116-117.