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To Mrs. Joseph W. Stilwell
December 29,  [Washington, D.C.]
Upon my return from overseas I found your Christmas card with its note to Katherine and the news of your family, and what a charming family you have, too.
Joe, in Cairo, seemed to be looking better than when he was in Washington,1 also he had a little opportunity for rest and relaxation, if he could manage the mental detachment necessary for that purpose. We went into India at practically the same time. As a matter of fact he landed at Karachi about an hour after I did, but he went on directly to New Delhi and I flew south to Ceylon.
Some time back I arranged that a rajah should invite him up to the vale of Kashmir for a vacation but he declined, said he was too busy and that he had been there once before.2 It is a hard job to try to get him to lay off. All of the others are similarly resistant but most of them eventually break down. He seems to be made of iron.3
With my best wishes for the New Year to all of the family,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Stilwell had attended conferences in Washington in late April and early May; see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-636 [3: 674-75].
2. See Marshall to Stilwell, September 22, 1943, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-114 [4: 135].
3. At this time Stilwell, in his role as commanding general of the Chinese Army in India, was leading the Chinese Twenty-second and Thirty-eighth divisions on an invasion of northern Burma aimed at opening the route of the Ledo Road to Myitkyina. (Romanus and Sunderland, Stilwell’s Command Problems, pp. 124-28.)
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), p. 220.