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To Private Allen T. Brown
February 8,  [Washington, D.C.]
Your mother has been laid up four or five days with some throat infection which has been very painful and has reduced her voice to a mere whisper, with bad coughing paroxysms. She seemed to be suffering from flu but that has been more or less ignored by the doctors. For the past three days she has had a day and night nurse, but had a good night last night and is greatly improved this morning. I inclose a copy of a letter to Allene which will give you more details.1
The doctor telephoned me this morning that he thought she was out of the woods.
I of course have been terribly busy since my return getting rid of accumulated work and have quite a while yet to go before things are down to normal. I flew about 14,000 miles and made one non-stop flight of 3200, which is, or very nearly is, a record passenger flight.
I read your letters to your mother and see that you are getting along all right. I do hope that you can remain incognito and that Tris does not tell some of [his] associates that you are there. That would be most unfortunate.2
With my love and best wishes,
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. The editors have not found this letter to Mrs. Marshall’s sister.
2. Marshall had previously expressed his concern regarding this in his letter to Brown, December 17, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-453 [3: 484-85].
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. 537.