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To Sally G. Chamberlin
from Katherine Tupper Marshall
July 21, 1946 Kuling, China1
Gen M. came up from Nanking on Thursday [July 18] and leaves tomorrow Monday. He brought a pouch full of papers magazines & letters. I hate to see him go back into that inferno- but he hopes to get up again this week- He has conferances here with the Generallissimo & Nanking with the Communist- He never says die and maby he will wear the Chineese down instead of their doing him in- Cooling is beautiful beyond description. Cool mountain air & water- No smells dust or filth- A lovely house to our selves. All the Staff in one next door- Mme [Madame Chiang Kai-shek] & the Generallissimo across a quaint bridge over a mountain stream 100 yards away- She has luncheon with me or I with her each day. Fine swimming pool and such magnificent scenery that makes Switzerland look mild. The stone steps coming up are six miles long. One range after another towring to the sky- & mountain chairs with 12 coolies wait on the lawn all day to take us where ever we wish. Each evening at six- Mme & Generallissimo G & I have gone for picnic suppers to one of the peaks- when we got there a hot supper served- wicker chairs & table set- All sent up ahead- We look like the crusaders winding up the mountains with 6 chair bearers dressed in royal blue carrying each chair- The chairs have white fringed tops & cushions & running ahead and in rear are 25 guards in the Generallissimos house uniform. Its a great sight & looks like a scene out of Arabian Knights. I am running out of Calox tooth powder and invisable hair pins. If possible please get me a dark blue slack suit size 16- It should have a jacket & I want a good one- Never mind the price- Wool or rayon. I need it badly here. I am beginning to feel like a different person-
K. T. M.
Document Copy Text Source: Katherine T. Marshall Papers, Correspondence, 1941-49, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. Mrs. Marshall had moved to the Chiangs’ summer retreat on July 14.
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. 631-632.