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To Sumner Welles
November 15, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mr. Welles:
While I have thanked you personally, I wish more formally to express my appreciation of the strong support you gave me in the task of entertaining the Chiefs of Staff of the Latin-American Republics.1
From a purely professional point of view, I believe the visit was very much worth while in every respect, and that not only were our guests convinced of our friendly attitude; but what was much more important, I think they carried away with them the decided impression that a tremendous military power was developing in this country which could not be ignored. This latter impression, I believe, will to a considerable extent, off-set the impressive picture they get of the military power of Germany.
I would appreciate your conveying to the members of your staff who assisted us in this affair my personal thanks for the full cooperation they have given us.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Concerning the October visits by two groups of military leaders from Latin America, see Marshall to G