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To Private Allen T. Brown
May 21, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
I have read all your letters to your mother so I am fairly well aware of the excellent progress you have been making, judging by the percentages on your tests. The next time you write tell us something of the other phases of your training as you did earlier in your service at Knox. I should be much interested in getting your reactions.
I have seen very little of your mother these last ten days during the presence of the British Chiefs of Staff here; have been absent from lunch most days and also many evenings.1 I flew them down to Langley Field from where we motored up to Williamsburg last Saturday afternoon, spending the night there; had beautiful weather and a very delightful period of relaxation. The authorities gave us a fine view of the reconstruction and we were most comfortably established in the hotel with complete privacy, the central portion having been entirely taken over for the purpose. Sunday morning we had breakfast on the terrace after which the Britishers indulged in croquet, ornithology, and plain walking. Most of them swam before breakfast and before dinner the night before. They all attended church in the historic building and the First Sea Lord read the lesson.2 Unfortunately I was called away by the President at 10:30 and flew up to Washington and then on to Hagerstown, Maryland, from where I motored up into the mountains to see him and the Prime Minister. We got back at midnight.
I was about to take off on a long trip when this British visit developed and I probably shall take the matter up again after their departure.
Your mother is at lunch today with the wife of Admiral Stark, former head of the Navy, which she is giving for the First Sea Lord, Sir Dudley Pound. I didn’t go; went home and got a brief nap instead.
Your mother plans to go up to Fire Island the end of the month and spend about a week getting the cottage in shape. She goes down to Leesburg Tuesday next to go over matters with the Johnsons who are giving up the house, leaving June 5th.3 She plans to spend the summer there and I shall get down off and on.
You seem to be working as hard as possible. I am glad you have only a brief period left. I wish I could be in at the finish but that would hardly do.4
With my love,
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. For information regarding the TRIDENT Conference, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-669 [3: 705-8].
2. Lieutenant General Sir Hastings Ismay wrote that the weekend trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, was “a memorable interlude in a fortnight of hard slogging, and enabled us all to get to know each other much better. The war was never mentioned until we returned to our offices in Washington.” (The Memoirs of General Lord Ismay [New York: Viking Press, 1960], pp. 299-300.) General Sir Alan Brooke enjoyed bird-watching and was impressed by his tour of the Governor’s Palace. (Arthur Bryant, The Turn of the Tide: A History of the War Years Based on the Diaries of Field-Marshal Lord Alanbrooke, Chief of the Imperial General Staff [Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday and Company, 1957], pp. 506-7.)
3. Mr. and Mrs. Aymar Johnson had been leasing Dodona Manor, the Marshalls’ Leesburg, Virginia, home.
4. Allen graduated on June 19, 1943, from the Officer Candidate School, Armored Force, Fort Knox, Kentucky, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. General and Mrs. Marshall did not attend the graduation exercises. For Mrs. Marshall’s account of Allen’s experiences at Fort Knox “where no one suspected his relationship to the Chief of Staff,” see K. T. Marshall, Together, pp. 148-49.
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. 697-698.