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To Major General Charles H. Martin
January 30, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just read your note of January twenty-third, and hasten to inform you that I have already met Senator Holman, have had several long conversations with him—and most confidentially, have prepared letters for his signature and arguments for his tongue. We are getting along famously, and I hope nothing occurs to upset the present agreeable relations.1
I have been spending a good bit of my time now before Committees of Congress, mostly in Executive Session; and it is a difficult business in this present controversial situation—which has always behind it motives towards future elections, and things of that sort.
With most affectionate regards to Mrs. Martin and yourself, whom we miss seeing more each month that goes by,
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. Martin had written: “My buddy on the State Board of Control for the past four years, Rufus Holman, is the new senator from Oregon, and he has written me that he wants me to advise him on his activity as a member of the senate committee on military affairs. Now Rufus is a sound, courageous, honest and capable business man and will want to do what is right regardless of politics. He is a man of intense friendships and what goes with it, intense hatreds. If you people in Washington can get him enlisted in your cause, and you can if you handle him right, you will have a strong champion for your cause." (Martin to Marshall, January 23, 1939, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon office, Selected].)
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), p. 687.