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To Mrs. Walter Bedell Smith
October 4, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Mrs. Smith,
When I went home last night I found the shotgun, much to my surprise. Smith had spoken to me about this when I was at his headquarters in England in June and I told him then that I deeply appreciated his proposal but felt that he had already endowed me far too heavily with fishing rods, flies, and other items. However, I am delighted to have the gun which is a beauty and will afford me no excuses for not making a kill.
My departure has been delayed twenty-four hours, therefore I shall be that much late on his birthday, but considering the distances involved that is a fairly close connection. I will bring you messages from him on my return.1
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. Eisenhower’s chief of staff was born October 5, 1895. Concerning Marshall’s trip to France, see the following editorial note (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-540 [4: 621-22].
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), pp. 620-621.