A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 19, 1943

To answer some of the questions our subscribers have been asking about how TIME gathers, verifies, writes and distributes its news.

As I read the cover story in last week's TIME, I couldn't help wondering how we ever found out what General Patton wrote in his last letter to his wife—how we knew about the sail boat he has tied up against future leisure (it's called The When and If)—how we knew about his fighting the battles of Manassas and Gettysburg over again on the spot with his young son. More important, I wondered how...

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