1-188 To Brigadier General Charles G. Dawes, February 7, 1922

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: February 7, 1922

To Brigadier General Charles G. Dawes1

February 7, 1922 Washington, D.C.

My dear General:

I have just learned something of the result of your giving Mrs. Marshall a Victrola Record of your Melody, as played by Fritz Kreisler, and I thought you might be interested. She received it in Lexington and several of her friends there heard it played. Out of this developed orders for fifteen of the records, so far as she knows.2

One case is particularly interesting to me. Doctor Hunley, Professor of Economics at the College at Lexington, was so pleased with the record that he sent one to his mother in Baltimore.3 She is a very sweet little old lady, who is blind. So charmed was she with the record, that she had her son procure nine more to send to her friends.

As a contrast to the public interest in you because of your financial and business views, I thought this might be a pleasant change.

Faithfully yours,

G. C. Marshall, Jr.

Document Copy Text Source: Charles G. Dawes Papers, Northwestern University Library, Evanston, Illinois.

Document Format: Typed letter signed.

1. Prior to the World War a leading Chicago banker, and from August, 1917, to June, 1919, general purchasing agent for the A.E.F., Dawes was director of the recently created United States Bureau of the Budget from June, 1921, through June, 1922. "It lost its rather dominating power when he moved out," Marshall remarked in his March 6, 1957, interview, "but it still became a very influential and dependable bureau. . . . I got a pretty good insight into the thing because he would come in and talk about it afterwards and before these affairs to General Pershing, and he talked to me because he was so full of it. He talked every time he sat down about these things, and he would sit in my office and talk to me sometimes by the hour. (Marshall Interviews, p. 108.)

2. An accomplished, self-taught musician, Dawes had composed his "Melody in A Major" in 1911. Violinist-composer Fritz Kreisler added it to his repertoire in 1922.

3. William M. Hunley had been professor of economics and political science at V.M.I. since 1915.

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. 211.

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