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To Brigadier General Charles G. Dawes
November 21, 1936 Vancouver Barracks, Washington
This note is merely to report the arrival of the Marshalls in very delightful surroundings, and to express again my very real appreciation for your kindness to me, and bountiful hospitality, while I was in Chicago. It will be a long time before I forget those Saturday luncheons of yours, and the interesting conversation. Also, I think Mrs. Marshall feels as though she had known Mrs. Dawes for many years, and has in her a very dear friend.
We find our quarters here the most spacious and luxurious we have ever seen in the army. I believe the house was built for General Nelson Miles.1 Then too, the trees and flowers, and the views are beautiful. Mt. Hood looms up with its snow crown in the vista from Mrs. Marshall’s bedroom windows. My predecessor left a rose garden of sixty varieties, and a pretty good amateur dalhia show. The people are very cordial and hospitable.
General Martin immediately took me in hand and quickly established very valuable and agreeable relations for me with the Portland people. He is tremendously popular out here, with democrats and republicans alike. And he is great admirer of yours.
With affectionate regards to Mrs. Dawes and you,
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: Charles G. Dawes Papers, Northwestern University Library, Evanston, Illinois.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. Brigadier General Nelson A. Miles—noted Indian fighter who engaged in campaigns against sitting bull, crazy Horse, Chief Joseph, and Geronimo—commanded the Department of the Columbia, which had its headquarters at Vancouver Barracks, from 1881 to 1885. (Nelson A. Miles, Serving the Republic: Memoirs of the Civil and Military Life of Nelson A. Miles [New York: Harper and Brothers 1911], pp. 210-15.)
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. 514-515.