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Lieutenant Colonel John F. Landis1 to
George C. Marshall
May 18, 1937 Washington, D.C.
My dear General Marshall:
I have just heard that you have been laid up recently although not seriously.
Colonel Spaulding in his recent book on the American Army in referring to General Morrison speaks of the early Leavenworth graduates who were proud to call themselves “Morrison men.”2 You may not know it but there are a number of your juniors who regard themselves as self-appointed “Marshall men.” Speaking as one of these may I express the wish that you relax a bit and ease up for a while thus giving old dame nature a chance to get in a few good licks and set everything aright. I feel sure that that is everything that is necessary.
Trusting that by this time you are feeling much better, I am,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Landis was with the Historical Section at the Army War College. He had been an instructor at the Infantry School (1925-29).
2. Oliver L. Spaulding, The United States Army in War and Peace (New York: G. P. Pulnam’s Sons, 1937), pp. 397-98. See Marshall to Lentz, October 2, 1935, (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-036 [1: 45-47]).
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), p. 537.