To Louise G. Macy
July 3, 1942 Washington, D.C.
Dear Mrs. Macy
In the paper this morning I read the notice of your engagement to Harry Hopkins, and a few minutes ago on the telephone he confirmed the announcement and told me the wedding was to be in the very near future.1 I gave him my congratulations and was delighted to learn from the tone of his voice and his expressions that he was in a jubilantly happy mood.
To be very frank, I am intensely interested in Harry's health and happiness, and therefore, in your approaching marriage. He has been gallant and self-sacrificing to an extreme, little of which is realized by any but his most intimate friends. He is of great importance to our National interests at the present time, and he is one of the most imprudent people regarding his health that I have ever known. Therefore, and possibly inexcusable as it may seem to you, I express the hope that you will find it possible to curb his indiscretions and see that he takes the necessary rest.
Harry promises me that Mrs. Marshall and I may have an opportunity of meeting you very soon. We will look forward to this with a great deal of pleasure. Meanwhile, my apologies for the form of this note.
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. Louise G. Macy (who was divorced from Clyde Brown and had resumed her maiden name) was a New York fashion authority and former Paris editor of Harper's Bazaar. She and Hopkins had met through mutual friends (Mr. and Mrs. W. Averell Harriman) when she applied for war service work. Louise Macy and Harry Hopkins were married at a small, private White House ceremony on July 30, 1942. General Marshall was among the wedding guests. (New York Times, July 4, 1942, p. 19, and July 31, 1942, p. 17. Sherwood, Roosevelt and Hopkins, p. 593.)
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 266–267.