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To Lieutenant Colonel Claude M. Adams
May 14, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
I sent out to Ruth yesterday a gift from Mr. Duntz which he turned over to me as I left by small boat for my plane at Ocean Beach Monday morning. Both Duntz and Babe Morriss sent you many messages and seemed deeply concerned regarding your welfare.1
I had good luck on the weather this trip, but a little bad luck otherwise. We were simply pestered to death by people coming in to talk over “the situation.” A perfect stranger got into the house Saturday night and stayed for 2_ hours. We went down town for dinner Saturday and I practically did not get to eat, as someone seemed always standing beside the table—being very pleasant and gracious but making it pretty difficult to get any relaxation. Fire Island has always been free of this sort of thing, so I was disappointed.
We did a lot of work about the cottage and the yard; found everything in excellent condition, and the set-up now quite luxurious with the new complete equipment in the kitchen, hot water, etc. Katherine is coming back Friday.
Business here grows still more pressing, with many outside meetings at the State Department and the White House.
I have not yet been able to get out to see Clifton, but talked to him on the phone this morning.2 He seems to be getting along well, the only difficulty being lack of pajamas.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Adams, Marshall’s aide, had a history of heart disorder and had been admitted to Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C. After his recovery, he was assigned to R.O.T.C. duty, effective August 7, 1941, at the Staunton Military Academy, Staunton, Virginia. Marshall had recently returned from a two-day rest (May 10-12) at the Fire Island cottage.
2. Marshall’s stepson Clifton was also in the hospital. See Marshall to King, August 19, 1941, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-533 [2: 592-3].
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 502-503.