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General John J. Pershing to George C. Marshall
February 24, 1937 [Tucson, Arizona]
My dear George:
I had quite a shock the other day when Mr. and Mrs. O’Laughlin reported to me that you were in Walter Reed Hospital.1 I protested that it could not be, but he said that he had just come from Washington and that you were to be operated on for goiter. I told him that you could not possibly have a goiter, but he talked me down. I sent my best wishes and directed Adamson to go to the hospital and he reported back that you were not in the hospital with no further comment—so I am writing you today feeling that it was all a mistake.
General Dawes will be here sometime next week for a considerable stay but I am going to leave about the 8th of March for Hot Springs, Arkansas, to see if I can’t get a lot of this rheumatism baked out.
I agree, this Coronation thing is difficult but it was hard to decline. However, I am quite content so long as we are going to have Jimmy Gerard at the head of the procession.
You were kind enough to say you were sending me Westrate’s book “Those Fatal Generals”. As I have not seen it I am sure it will give me pleasure if, and when, it arrives. Perhaps you haven’t sent it yet.
Your typing is very good—keep it up.
Accept my affectionate regards for yourself and Mrs. Marshall.
Believe me, as always
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. John Callan O’Laughlin was a widely traveled author and publisher of The Army and Navy Journal.
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), pp. 520-521.