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To Omer L. Denton
April 1, 1946 Washington, D.C.
I have your answer to my wire and shall expect the truck at Leesburg on Tuesday. There is not a good truck load but too much and of too awkward shapes for us to get packed for freight or express during our present rush in preparation for my return to China.1
In all probability much that Mrs. Marshall is sending you will not be appropriate for your purpose. Don’t trouble to include it and don’t trouble to return it, just box it up and put it in the cellar. There are other items of possible interest, but I can’t find time to get at them now. I will send them later after my return from China. In due time I shall turn over my decorations for the same purpose.
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. Denton (V.M.I., 1924) was the secretary of the Virginia Military Institute Foundation in Lexington, Virginia. He had written to Mrs. Marshall asking “for anything that you could send us, such as war relics, etc.,” that could be put in the Institute’s museum. Mrs. Marshall made arrangements for V.M.I. to send a truck to Dodona Manor in Leesburg. Because of the congressional hearings he had to attend on April 1, Marshall had sent a telegram changing to April 2 the date of the truck’s arrival. (Denton to Mrs. Marshall, March 22 and 27, 1946, and Marshall to Denton, March 30, 1946, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) This was the beginning of the collection that later was housed in the George C. Marshall Foundation’s museum, library, and archive.
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 517-518.