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To Mrs. Robert E. Dismukes1
March 25, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
I was sorry to dash in and out in the manner of Tuesday evening, but it was the only way I could manage to see you. Also I was very sorry not to bring my guests in with me, but I knew that would involve certainly a drink of welcome and other pleasantries which would have made us so seriously late for Mrs. Allen’s dinner that it would have been unfair to her—not to mention the cook. Actually we were a half hour late in returning to Benning.
What happened was that immediately on my arrival at the Commandant’s quarters from the plane I picked up the telephone to see if I could make use of the fifty minutes before dinner in order to see you and Ernest. Anthony Eden heard me tell Allen to hold a car for me to go to town and he, not knowing what I was doing, stated his keen desire to see a southern town. Sir John Dill wanted to go along; the result was that I had the two of them with me—no one else. So I made my visit while the car turned around and they waited under the porte-cochere.
I do hope that I shall have a little leisure some time in the next two years to do the things that I should wish to. In any event I did have the chance to see you.
With affectionate regards 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. Robert Ernest Dismukes, an insurance agent in Columbus, Georgia, was a friend of General Marshall from the years Marshall was stationed at Fort Benning.
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 603.