2-467 To Roger L. Scaife, May 31, 1941

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: May 31, 1941

To Roger L. Scaife

May 31, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Roger:

Thank you for your note of May 29th, referring to the copy of my old World War journal, and urging that I keep record up to date.1

I am sorry to tell you that I have not been following your advice, and for several reasons. In the first place, I have not the time to do it, though I could have a special assistant concentrate on this business; and what I think is important, I am keeping my mind focused on the business of preparing an army, and ignoring so far as is humanly possible any though of investigations, justifications, or similar matters. There is little I do today that has not possibilities of the future investigation, and too frequently, the advice I receive relates to that phase of the matter. I want to keep my mind as completely free of such thoughts as possible, in other words, so long as I do not give a damn about what they say in the future, I probably will be able to do a fair job at the present time.

I probably am not making myself very clear and when I have more time I will write you at greater length. Meanwhile, thank your for your note.

Faithfully yours,

Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Verifax 1844, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington Virginia.

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. Scaife was vice-president and director of Little, Brown and Company. Marshall had discussed publication of his memoirs, written from 1919 to 1923, when Scaife was with Houghton Mifflin in 1924. (James L. Collins, Jr., “Foreword” to George C, Marshall, Memories of My Services in the World War, 1917-1918 [Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1976], p. viii.) Scaife’s May 29 letter is not in the Marshall papers.

Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 520.

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