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To Colonel Morrison C. Stayer
October 18, 1938 Washington, D.C.
I have just read your note of October fifteenth, and want to thank you for your kindly congratulations. I knew that I had them without any letter to tell me so.
As to our scheme, just now I am not doing anything about it—in fact, I dropped the matter about ten days ago. A mild attack of summer “flu” upset me a little but, while I am a little choked up now and somewhat sniffly, I seem to be quite normal again. However, my departure from normal was not extreme. I plan to get busy again as soon as this “flu” has passed on.
Mrs. Marshall and Mollie had a wild experience in the hurricane. They were on Fire Island and escaped from their cottage in water up to their waists, with the wind blowing between fifty and ninety miles an hour. After a wretched night, huddled up with all the dogs, children, and men and women in the village, they got back to their cottage at noon the next day and found it entirely intact, practically no damage at all, while everything in the neighborhood was pretty generally destroyed. [An asterisk appears in margin next to this paragraph.]
They came to town October first, I having opened the house September thirtieth, and we are now pretty well settled and have already reached one hundred callers. It is even worse than Benning, though I had forty there my first night.
With affectionate regards to Mrs. Stayer and yourself,
See attached sheet.1
* I flew up the next morning and managed to land on the beach.
P.S. I stopped my medecin ten days ago, to let 2 weeks elapse before resuming. Meanwhile I developed mild flu. I think this last was responsible for an irregular pulse, rather than sessation of medecine. I found that when I walked to the office my pulse would skip a beat every fifth to tenth beat. Sometimes it did this in the morning when I had ridden to the office. But usually in the afternoon in settled down to a steady pulse of 68 to 78, depending on how much I moved about.
This all took place after the first two days of the flu—a light summer type— from which I am still suffering in chest congestion, which is developing to the sneezing phase today. But my pulse now is much more regular, usually without intermissions, and I have had to be unusually busy, getting orie[nted] in the most pressing job in the W.D. I thought it best to wait until my flu effects had passed before starting up on the medecine again, as I wanted to see if my pulse would be regular.
I have seen the doctors twice, and my pulse and temperature were normal— my blood pressure 122. The last is usually 132 or thereabouts. My pulse was not intermitting when the doctors saw me.
Document Copy Text Source: Morrison C. Stayer Papers, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Type: Typed letter.
1. This note, the asterisk in the margin above, and the postscript were all added in Marshall’s hand and do not appear on the carbon copy in the Marshall papers. Stayer’s letter of October 17, 1938, said in part: “Have not heard from you relative to our scheme. Would be glad to hear from you in his matter. Perhaps, if necessary, we can change the scheme a little." (GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].) Stayer began visiting Washington periodically in late 1938 and early 1939 to see Marshall in regard to his heart condition. (Major General Morrison C. Stayer, interviewed by Forrest C. Pogue, January 20, 1960, GCMKL.)
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 638-639.