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To Sally G. Chamberlin
September 3, 1946 Nanking, China
Katherine has become much worried over the problem of our Leesburg house in view of our delayed return. . . .1 I have carefully refrained from mentioning any idea of the possible time of my return, because it is so easy for a casual remark to leak into the press and serious deductions to be made which would complicate still further my work out here. Confidentially, it now looks as tho I could not hope to leave here earlier than the middle of November, if then. For a while Katherine talked of leaving the end of August so that she could see Molly and the children before their departure, but she has given up that idea. It might be that we would return via India and would see them there.2 You may tell Allene this but I see no reason why Molly should be told. There is a still further possible complication which I can not mention, and I only make vague reference to it here to indicate that it will be futile for you or Allene to try and dope out my movements. Therefore disregard all press guesses and try none of your own.
I left K. at Kuling yesterday looking very well. The air there has the first touch of fall and the weather was exhillerating. She is very luxuriously established and served.
With my thanks in advance in this matter.
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. The omitted half of this letter concerned arrangements for the Marshalls’ house in Leesburg, Virginia.
2. Stepdaughter Molly’s husband, Major James J. Winn, who had been stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, since returning from the European theater in the autumn of 1945, had been assigned in May 1946 to be liaison officer and assistant military attaché at the newly established (officially, November 1, 1946) U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. Sally Chamberlin observed that “Mrs. Winn’s departure is almost as indefinite as your return. It may be the middle of next month, or perhaps not until early November, according to what little information she has been able to secure. The Maritime strike has thrown all sailing schedules into utter confusion.” (Chamberlin to Marshall, September 18, 1946, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 675–676.