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General John J. Pershing to George C. Marshall
December 16, 1935 Washington, D.C.
It was very nice to get your letter of November 29th, but I am not going west through Chicago at this season. My sister is here and she and I start tomorrow for Arizona, by motor, going down through Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, etc. I thank you very much for the invitation just the same, and am sorry that I shall not see you.
I do hope that things will come out our way before many months of the New Year have passed, but there is no telling what may happen. It might not be so easy to overturn an established practice of appointing dead timber to the higher positions. However, I had a long talk on this subject with M.C.1 the other day and he holds exactly my opinion of the absurdity of such a policy. Whether or not he will be able to change it, I do not know. I do know, however, that he is strong for you, and if it is at all possible something will be done. All this, of course, is very confidential.
Always affectionately yours,
John J. Pershing
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Chief of Staff General Malin Craig.
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. 479-480.