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To Second Lieutenant Allen T. Brown
May 17, 1944 Washington, D.C.
There have been several letters from you to the family, all very interesting. I think Madge is due here in a few days to do an article for LIFE. She is to stay with us and we shall be very happy to see her.
Your mother knows you have probably gone to the beachhead as a V-mail from Clifton said you had left where you were. In view of the fighting now going on she is relieved that you are not in your old locality and I have not made any comments about affairs in the beachhead.
Molly is down at Clayton and has been unable to find quarters within convenient distance of Jim’s division.1 She will probably go to Fire Island in June and he hopes to spend two weeks there the latter part of June. Kitty is here, and developing rapidly and very cute. She was down with us for the weekend at Leesburg from which your mother and I emerged pretty well exhausted from heavy spring labors. However, the place looks lovely and this is the first time we have been able to touch it in the spring. It is a great source of relaxation to me because it gets my mind off my troubles.
I returned a few days ago from a 7,000-mile trip pretty well around the perimeter of the United States.2 Inspected about two divisions a day which kept me going from six something in the morning until late in the evening. I had good weather but rough flying most of the time. On my way East from Seattle I picked up Harry Hopkins at the Mayo Clinic at Rochester, Minnesota, where he had undergone a very serious operation, and left him off at White Sulphur Springs Army Hospital where I understand he gained five pounds the first four days.3
Good luck to you.4 With my love,
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. For information regarding Molly Brown Winn, see Marshall to Brown, April 28, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-375 [4: 439-40].
2. For Marshall’s inspection trip, see note 1, Marshall to Adams, May 11,1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-381 [4: 447].
3. For information regarding Hopkins’s health, see Marshall to Hopkins, February 9, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-235 [4: 275-76], and August 18,1944, #4-485 [4: 555-56].
4. For further information regarding Allen Brown, see Marshall to Brown, May 30, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-397 [4: 468].
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 460-461.