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To Mrs. Thomas B. Coles
December 27, 1932 [Fort Screven, Georgia]
Dear Aunt Lottie:
This note was supposed to have been written the day before Xmas—but was not.
Xmas day Allen was a passenger in an aeroplane crash, and now is in a Savannah hospital with a fractured jaw, a severe concussion, four teeth gone badly lacerated mouth and chin, and severe neck and a shoulder bruises. He will be forced to subsist on liquid diet—thru a tube—for about seven weeks. But we feel that he was saved from a worse fate by a miracle. Otherwise we had a very happy Xmas, along with the fuss of staging a children’s play and doing up 175 presents for the post and neighborhood children.
Katherine’s sister is with us this winter. Mollie is here, but Clifton is attempting to do business—first in New York and now in Baltimore.
I promised Mrs. Knapp a remedy I took for neuritis, but I found from my doctor that it would not do in her case.
I hope she is better and that you have escaped flu and colds, which are prevalent here. Charlotte always seems to be the hardy member of the family— probably part constitution and part pluck. I hope she is well and happy.
With my holiday greetings and love to you all,
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 383-384.