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To Benjamin F. Irvine1
May 16, 1938 Fort Lewis, Washington
My dear Mr. Irvine:
I am very sincere in the statement that the note from you and Mrs. Irvine made a deep impression on me and will be a source of gratification in my memories of Portland. I valued your good will, and your splendid efforts toward helping Vancouver Barracks, and now, since the receipt of your gracious note, I can enjoy the feeling of your friendly interest in me personally.2
Incidentally, I think we are actually on the way to the first favorable financial reaction from Washington for post construction. I have gotten $160,000 in WPA money out of the War Department in addition to $57,000 I secured through the State of Washington. With this money we are rehabilitating the post and grounds, and I think I am reasonably accurate in saying that Vancouver Barracks is the loveliest looking of the old posts in the entire army.
The bill for the construction of a replica of the old Hudson’s Bay trading post has passed Congress and I have been meeting with the officials of Vancouver to arrange for the organization of a legal group to carry out the construction. I think this will be the most interesting historical monument in the Northwest, and both an asset to the region and a splendid thing to animate the pride and historical sense of the young people of Washington and Oregon.
I have been delayed in acknowledging your note due to my absence on an inspection trip in Montana.
With warm regards to Mrs. Irvine and you, and my appreciations and thanks,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Until his retirement, Irvine had edited the Portland, Oregon, Journal, 1919-37.
2. On May 10 the War Department announced that Marshall was being detailed to the General Staff and would report for duty in the Office of the Chief of Staff in July. The same day, Irvine wrote Marshall and expressed regret at reading of his transfer to Washington, D.C.
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. 592.