President of the United States; Supreme Allied Commander.
Autograph Letter Signed, Ike, two and one-half pages, octavo, [London, September 22, 1942]. To his wife Mamie, with the original envelope. Dwight D Eisenhower
“A note just arrived from Johnny which I will send along with this. I’ve had later ones from him & have already forwarded them to you. Also had a nice letter from ‘Min’ yesterday. I wrote to her about 10 days ago. Some of the things that came to me have no identification as to sender, and I, of course, assume that you’ve always had a finger in the pie. One or two things have come marked ‘To Cmdr Butch, thru Gen. E’ etc. Anyway we had the lovely roast – I never tasted a better one. We have two black boys at a little house on the edge of town – Micky runs the place & we go out when we can. The one boy is a pretty fair cook. I hear from Bedell that you’ve sent me enough food to last a company for a month. It will be swell, even when, if ever, we can get out of London maybe more so, then, than ever! But I don’t want you to go to tremendous trouble to send me things. After all, I have enough, and while the extras are delightful I don’t want you to think we are suffering for them. Certainly a couple of grown men ought to be able to get along on what the average person of the U.K. lives on! But I appreciate your trouble, your expense, and above all, your concern and thoughtfulness! Thank you, Milady!
“I suppose that with Lee, Mickey, Butch & I all writing to the same address, you gals gain a pretty good picture of our daily existence. Tomorrow night I go to Chequers. It has now developed that I have two evenings a week with P.M. (confidential) and those sessions really last! I spend a lot of time trying to catch up on sleep. He is an intensely interesting personality! Give my love to everyone, especially Johnny.”
Dwight D Eisenhower writes at the start of his planning for the Allied invasion of North Africa (Torch). His “little house” was Telegraph Cottage, a tiny, quaint house twenty-five minutes from London. “It fit Eisenhower’s needs perfectly . The grounds fringed on a golf course and Eisenhower frequently stepped out and played the adjacent holes. At other times he and Butcher would engage in .22 pistol practice shooting in back of the cottage, or Sergeant Mickey McKeogh, an aide, would get out a baseball and some gloves and play catch with the general. Eisenhower spent as many weekends at Telegraph Cottage as he could. Dwight D Eisenhower had been having dinner with [Churchill] at 10 Downing Street every Tuesday evening. [He] was also spending his weekends at Chequers [discussing plans for Torch].” [Stephen E. Ambrose, The Supreme Commander: The War Years of Dwight D Eisenhower].
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