2-237 To Mrs. Reynolds Brown, August 6, 1940

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: August 6, 1940

To Mrs. Reynolds Brown

August 6, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Emily:

Thank you for your note about Fifille; I was so glad to hear something definite about her present condition.1 I have just finished dictating a note to her, about the best I can do in these days of continued rush and pressure. It is very difficult to know what to write about and I fall back on a brief description of what I have actually been doing.

I flew up to Fire Island Friday night and flew back early Monday morning. Katherine and Molly have been there for about ten days. This is my first “lengthy” holiday since three days over the fourth of July in 1939. However, I reached my desk yesterday morning before nine and was so overwhelmed with various difficulties and problems, including two hours before the Senate Appropriations Committee, and a broadcast at 8:30 last night, that I lost most of the benefits of the week-end. Today holds no hope of better things; I am due again before the Senate Committee at 10:30 for a number of other difficult problems on important things that must be solved before night.

Wouldn’t it be a delightful thing if we could have again the peaceful days of Naushon in 1919, without the menace of war and a world in apparent dissolution?

With my love to you both,


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. Mrs. Butler Ames was in a Boston hospital. See Marshall to Mrs. Reynolds Brown, May 29, 1940, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-186 [2: 230].

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), p. 285.

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