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To Mrs. Reynolds Brown
May 29, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Thank you so much for telling me about Fifille. I have written her a note, and I am distressed, greatly distressed, to have this sad news of her condition.1
Things move with such rapidity here, particularly in the pile-up of public opinion and extreme emotionalism that I have no time whatever for anything more than business before Congressional Committees, the Budget Bureau and the White House from daylight to dark. I hope we can survive the next two weeks and get things on a sound basis.
Thank you very much for writing me, and please pardon this hasty note.
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. Marshall’s longtime friend Emily Perry Russell Brown lived in Milton, Massachusetts, and Charleston, South Carolina. She had written to say that “our darling Fifi Ames is very sick. . . . She has not long to live.” (Brown to Marshall, n.d., GCMRL/ G.C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) Mrs. Ames was the wife of former Congressman Butler Ames of Massachusetts.
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. 230.