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To Walter G. Andrews
February 14, 1946 Chungking, China
Your letter of February 1st has just reached me. Thanks a lot for the news and especially for your thoughtfulness in writing.1
I have been kept very busy out here, one conference after another from ten in the morning often until five or six in the evening—a wide variety of people, subjects and certainly of points of view. Also, there are long and extremely delicate negotiations regarding the unification of the army, reconstruction and operation of the railroads, coal mines, etc. in Communist areas, finance, surplus property transactions, naval and air equipment and organization and, of course, all with a background of political complications or efforts. I would like to boil this business all down to the simple proposition of negotiations with Katherine over where we plant the shrubs and flowers, shall it be cabbages or cauliflower, who gets the car this morning and what are we doing this evening. God willing, I will be back to that life before long for the first time in almost seven years.
Please give my regards to those who still remember me—favorably—on your committee. And with my thanks for your letter,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, China Mission, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. A longtime congressional supporter of Marshall, Andrews was the ranking Republican on the House Military Affairs Committee. His letter praised Marshall for “the good news from China” and expressed the hope that the general would soon be able to return home. He commented on various events in Washington, D.C., particularly the “furor and hysteria” over the demobilization of troops. (Andrews to Marshall, February 1, 1946, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [China Mission, General].)
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. 453-454.