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To Private Allen T. Brown
February 26,  [Washington, D.C.]
I received your letter telling me that the murder was out and that at least one of your superiors was aware of your relationship to me. I am sorry this had to be, but I suppose it could not be helped. It is harder on you in a sense than on me because it denies you the undisputed claim of a commission by virtue of your own effort.
Apparently you are getting along in fine shape, but be on your guard against resentment at what you think is unfairness, prejudice, or stupidity on the part of some superior.
Your mother is regaining her strength but pretty slowly. However, she is able to take short walks with me. Molly got through her ordeal with surprising ease and will probably be home soon.1 The French lady who is looking after Jimmy is exceedingly conscientious and will undoubtedly be a great help to Molly, not to mention the fact of her carrying the burden of responsibility for Jimmy at the present time.
Your mother and I have to go to a reception for Madame Chiang Kai-shek late this afternoon at the Shoreham and then will slip upstairs and have a home dinner with the Stettiniuses and the twins.2 Aside from this we have been doing nothing and will do nothing in the way of diversions other than our home life.
As I understand your schedule you should qualify for a commission about the middle of June which would put you in in time for some of the summer maneuvers unless you are sent to a newly organized division. I would not mind your telling me your choice in this matter, whether to an old division or a new division, and I may be able quietly to arrange it for you.
I had a very nice letter from Madge in reply to my telegram to her father about the circumstances of Bob’s death.3 I hesitated a little to quote the wire because it stated that he was the navigator and therefore probably more accountable than the pilot for the crash, though it might well be that the pilot made the miscue at the last moment.
With my love,
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Molly Winn’s second child, Katherine Tupper, had been born on February 21.
2. Madame Chiang had arrived in the United States on November 27 for the announced purpose of receiving medical treatment. She also took the opportunity to lobby for various Chinese interests. On February 18 she addressed a joint session of Congress. (See Harry Hopkins’s comments on her arrival in Robert E. Sherwood, Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History [New York: Harper and Brothers, 1948], pp. 660-61.) Marshall was referring to Edward and Virginia Stettinius and their sons Wallace and Joseph.
3. See Marshall to Shedden, January 31,1943, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-489 [3: 521-22].
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 566-567.