October 28, 1947
New York, New York
My dear Mr. Secretary: I am sorry that you were pressured to produce a statement
regarding me for the Freedom House dinner and award, but I want you to know that I
deeply appreciated your generous expressions.1
It has been a source of regret to me that I have seen so little of you during this
period of the United Nations Assembly, but every time I have attempted plans something
has intervened in the way of business which has made it impractical for me to go over to
Katherine left for Leesburg about two weeks ago, thinking her grandchildren were
about to leave for Kansas. They have not left yet and there is no prospect for another
couple of weeks. She is there and I am here, but in the city now and not at Locust Valley.
The trouble is I have to go back and forth to Washington so much the President indicated
yesterday he thought I had better make my headquarters in Washington, and only come
here as circumstances demanded. So I am returning to Washington tomorrow afternoon
and thereafter will only be here a day at a time—presumably.
With affectionate regards to Mrs. Stimson and you, Faithfully yours,
GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers (Secretary of State, General)
1. On October 19, Marshall received the sixth annual Freedom Award of Freedom
House. Nearly eleven hundred people gathered for the event in the Hotel Commodore
ballroom in New York City. Bernard M. Baruch, who received the 1946 award, presented
the plaque, which read: “At the helm in peace as in war, with courage, integrity, wisdom,
devoted to the Democratic cause.” Numerous notable persons made brief remarks or sent
messages of tribute. (New York Times, October 20, 1947, p. 25.)