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To Brigadier General John McA. Palmer
March 27, 1935 Chicago, Illinois
I have just received your letter of March 24th this morning and read it with a great deal of interest.1
I have always felt, as you well know, that you received less appreciation for your work than any other individual I have ever known in the Army. I have tried to make it my business when an opportunity offered to square the deal a little.
However, I am rather inclined to think, reading between the lines in your letter, that you did not like Linn’s pamphlet. Is this the case, and, if so, what is the trouble?
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: John McA. Palmer Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Palmer’s letter was a lengthy and bitter complaint at the lack of recognition that he had received for his part in the 1920 army reorganization bill passed by Congress.
2. Palmer replied, “I was delighted with Professor Linn’s splendid article and I am in full sympathy with its argument for National Guard legislation.” (Palmer to Marshall, March 30, 1935, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Illinois National Guard].)
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. 461.