5-339 To Sally G. Chamberlin, January 29, 1946

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: January 29, 1946

Subject: China

To Sally G. Chamberlin

January 29, 1946 Chungking, China

Dear Sally:

I am inclosing the autographed cards you request.

I wrote you a longhand note the other day and I can’t think of anything else that has come up since then that I have to say to you, except possibly in regard to the Leesburg house and Powder. Is he in Washington still? Has he checked up on the condition of the house? Is there any later information about the delivery of the car?1

Katherine tells me she is working on her data and I am going to suggest to her that she get a stenographer of some sort in Pinehurst to turn out for her triple-spaced material, and then after reworking that possibly send that up to you for retyping and a little checking. You may hear from her in regard to this.2

Harriman and his party have been here since Sunday afternoon and are leaving in the morning. We are staying down in the country at the Generalissimo’s place, though I have had to come up to town each day because of my governmental conferences.3

Faithfully yours,

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: Typed letter signed.

1. The editors have not found Marshall’s longhand note to the woman who ran his office in the War Department and handled many of his and Mrs. Marshall’s personal and business affairs. Chamberlin replied that Sergeant James W. Powder, now retired from the army, had checked the Marshalls’ Leesburg, Virginia, house before setting off for Florida. She also reported that the steel strike continued to delay delivery of the Marshalls’ new Oldsmobile. (Chamberlin to Marshall, February 1, 1946, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [China Mission, General].)

2. As her husband had frequently made clear his disinterest in writing a memoir or cooperating with a biography of himself, Mrs. Marshall concluded, after her husband departed for his China mission, “that I could perform neither a greater service nor pass the long months more interestingly than by putting into an informal narrative the material I had collected since our marriage in 1930.” (K. T. Marshall, Together, Foreword.) She thus began dictating a rough draft into a recording machine at their winter cottage in Pinehurst, North Carolina. General Marshall thought that his wife was merely annotating and updating her scrapbooks and did not yet know that she was working on a publishable memoir.

3. W. Averell Harriman, U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union since October 1943, was going to Washington, D.C., to report to President Truman and to resign his post. He left Moscow on January 24, 1946, and flew through the Persian Gulf, India, and the wartime “Hump” route into southern China, arriving in Chungking on Sunday, January 27. While there, he talked with Chiang Kai-shek about Sino-Soviet relations in Manchuria, particularly economic problems. Harriman’s messages to the State Department regarding the meetings are printed in Foreign Relations, 1946, 10: 1100-1104. Regarding the China visit and his view of Marshall’s mission, see W. Averell Harriman and Elie Abel, Special Envoy to Churchill and Stalin, 1941-1946 (New York: Random House, 1975), pp. 537-42.

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. 433-434.

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