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To Lieutenant Colonel Harold R. Bull
July 15, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just this moment read, or rather scanned for the time being, your fine letter of the 10th. I am so glad that you and Mrs. Bull are having a real rest, and a complete relief from the devastating pressure of Washington and the War Department. I think it was most important for you to get this before you took up business at Culver, because enough is a feast and you have long since passed your limit of the diet.
Things are moving along I hope smoothly, certainly all of the force are working hard to spare me. Gasser has taken over the entire burden of the office and I have left him pretty much alone. He deals direct with the Secretary in most matters, also the Assistant Secretary in many, and I have had Ward and Mickelsen dealing direct with the Secretary, and Parks with Mr. Johnson. This relieves me of a tremendous amount of interruption and I seldom hear Mr. Woodring’s buzzer.1 I have been deep in straightening out the construction program as to priorities, methods, control, etc., and Gasser has done an excellent job of coordination and harmonizing. I have been before Congress several times, particularly on the Lieutenant General’s bill, which is through the House and should pass the Senate in a few days.
This week has been one of luncheons and dinners every day with some one, practically all semi-official. Monteiro returns to town Wednesday to see the President with me, and I will probably give him a luncheon. The Trujillo dinner was very successful, too so possibly. Monteiro gave me a lovely dinner. His trip has been a tremendous success apparently, and Drum has done a fine job in New York and Benedict at West Point. Monteiro was reduced to tears at West Point.
I flew up over the 4th of July to see Mrs. Marshall. It takes me two hours and ten minutes by air, using an amphibian to go over the water; and I am planning to fly up this morning to see her, I move out to Myer on August 1st.
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. Lieutenant Colonel Orlando Ward (U.S.M.A., 1914) replaced Bull as secretary of the General Staff on July 1, 1939. Major Stanley R. Mickelsen and Major Floyd L. Parks were assigned to the Office of the Chief of Staff. The chief’s office was adjacent to that of the secretary of war, who could summon Marshall with a buzzer.
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), p. 13.