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To Mrs. James J. Winn
November 15, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
This is just a note to tell you about your mother, in case you do not trust her statements about herself. She was getting along very well about a week ago, but the day before the nurse left they went for a brief ride and then for a short walk. The result was she took a very definite backward step and was utterly miserable for the succeeding three or four days. However, after re-strapping Monday morning and commencing with some vitamin pills, she has made quick improvement and today seems well along the way to a comfortable recovery. I took her to The Buckingham1 last night, and she told me this morning that she had slept very well, better than since her accident, and felt much stronger.
As a matter of fact, she is planning possibly a flight with me to Pompano in Florida, where the Stettiniuses have a luxurious dune cottage, far removed from any other establishment and within actual sight of the Gulf Stream. The plan is for me to leave her there and return to the maneuvers in North Carolina and then to spend Thanksgiving with the Stettiniuses and possibly bring your mother back Saturday or Sunday. However, the crisis in the coal strike, Japanese negotiations, and the probability that I will have to appear before Congress on a six or seven billion dollar deficiency appropriation Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday threatens to cancel all my pleasurable plans. In addition, I am under the necessity of getting down to the maneuvers.
I hope to get to Panama before Christmas, just when depends on too many things to attempt to give a date. The trouble is, if I go I wish to include the Caribbean Bases, and such a trip would require about ten days. During this period of critical issues arising every twenty-four hours, it is very difficult for me to delegate responsibility and leave town. I am perfectly willing to delegate, and have already done so; the trouble is the White House, the Committees of Congress, and the Secretary insist on seeing me personally.
With my love and an urgent desire to see the baby,2
P.S. Your mother greatly appreciated your writing the day after your ordeal. Whatever effort you gave to the letter was much repaid by calming down her various fears.
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. A motion-picture theater near Fort Myer.
2. James J. Winn, Jr., had been born November 7 at Colon, Panama.
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. 674-675.