4-272 To Second Lieutenant Allen T. Brown, March 1, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: March 1, 1944

Subject: World War II

To Second Lieutenant Allen T. Brown

March 1, 1944 Washington, D.C.

Dear Allen,

Your mother was getting off an Easter box to Clifton last night and said one had gone to you a week ago.

Spent Friday night to Sunday afternoon at Baruch’s place near Hasty Point and had a delightful visit.1 I had my first quail shoot in years and got eleven in two hours. Your mother thoroughly enjoyed herself. She saw Hasty Point from the plane.

Jimmie is all over the place on a velocipede. Kitty walks pretty well with guidance. Both are well. I am off on an inspection trip in a few days.

You were quite evidently in the thick of things.2 We had an inch of snow yesterday, the trees heavily frosted. Today is clearing. In South Carolina the Judas and plum trees and the jonquils were blooming. The weather seems to have been uniformly wretched with you. That always appears to be the case in war, at least it was my experience in France; cold or rain and mud, high winds, or extreme heat and dust. We can but pray that this war will soon be over.

Madge seems to enjoy her job with Life but I hope she doesn’t work too hard, too much night work.

Your mother is planning to go back to Leesburg about April 1. Molly of course goes with her with the children. Sahra, one of our Mexican maids, we sent back to Mexico City by air as she was to have a baby. Anna, the other girl, is still with us but may join her cousin in California next month.3 We shall be very sorry to lose her. I have not been able to ride for some time because of deep mud on a good bit of the trail but I think I can get back to it again shortly. Your mother and I, however, have been taking long walks every evening. Night before last we walked two miles and a half before dinner and then walked home from Buckingham Village, another two miles.

I find your mother following news of the Italian Campaign through the papers and on the radio. She doesn’t talk about it much but it is constantly on her mind.

Flap Adams is back in this country after his heart attack in Rio.4 He had eight teeth pulled among other things. He is going to West Point from Tennessee on March 9th to see his nephew, then to New York to celebrate Mr. Gannett’s 85th birthday and then I imagine will come here to stop over with us.5 All good luck.


Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. General and Mrs. Marshall had visited Bernard M. Baruch at his estate near Georgetown, South Carolina.

2. Marshall’s stepson had written to his wife on February 27 from an area at the foot of Monte Cassino. “This is not a particularly healthy place to go around making calls, if you get what I mean. Now don’t get scared. I’m taking good care of myself, and this fighting is right up my alley. I was slowly going crazy from inactivity before I joined this New Zealand outfit. They are a good bunch and have all kinds of spirit.” (Allen Brown to Margaret S. Brown, February 27, [1944], GCMRL/Research File [Family].)

3. During the Marshalls’ September 1943 trip to Mexico city, Mrs. Marshall had secured visas for two women married to Mexican guards at the hotel—Sarah de Martinez and Anna Godinez—to work as a nurse for the grandchildren and as a cook. (K. T. Marshall, Together, pp. 163-64.) For information regarding the trip to Mexico, see Marshall Memorandum for the President, September 18, 1943, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-111 [4: 130-31].

4. Brigadier General Claude M. (“Flap”) Adams, former military attach

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