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To Arthur Stuart [Paul R. Stewart]1
April 20, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Dr. Stuart:
The Honorable J. Buell Snyder has brought to me the invitation from you and the governing officials of Waynesburg College to be present at the Commencement exercises on May sixteenth and to receive an honorary degree. I appreciate very much this invitation and the fact that you wished to confer a degree upon me, and I am especially sorry that it will not be possible for me to be present or to accept the degree even in absentia.
In the first place, most confidentially, I shall not be in this country on that date according to present plans and further, I have found it wise to follow a rule of not accepting any degrees since our entry into war on December 7, 1941. An exception could not be made without giving offense in several directions where I have previously declined.
If at some later and more peaceful period Waynesburg College should see fit to honor me with such an award I should be most happy to accept but that, of course, will have to be determined by the trend of events in the months to come.
With deep appreciation of the honor you proposed to pay me,
I am Faithfully yours,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. This letter was intended for Paul R. Stewart, president of Waynesburg College in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Congressman J. Buell Snyder had issued the college’s invitation to Marshall to speak at graduation and receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Military Science. (Paul R. Stewart to Marshall, May 12, 1943, and November 27, 1945, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 654.