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To Brigadier General Philip B. Peyton
December 12, 1938 [Washington, D.C.]
I was about to write you a Christmas note when your gracious letter of November twenty-second arrived this morning. You always do the delightful thing in the delightful manner, and I welcome such communications because they promote morale and smooth over the rough edges. You need have no fear that I am going to run myself ragged. I ceased doing real onerous work a long time ago and, as I read pretty rapidly and make up my mind even more so, I think I can economize considerably on the time requirements of the job.1
At a dinner at the Army Navy Country Club the other night R. C. Marshall was present.2 The host was his nephew, Geoffrey Marshall, so there was plenty of VMI spirit. I hear a great deal of that Institute these days. I am sorry I could not go up there for the last game of the season. “Stow” Stuart wanted us to drive up with himself and his wife, but I could not get away. They struck miserable weather, and Mrs. Stuart was stormbound there with the car, while he returned to New York by rail. He is quite successful and, confidentially, is in the market now for the Ambassadorship to Russia. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get it. McIntyre, the President’s Secretary, is a close friend, and he has a great many prominent backers—and unlimited nerve. I admire him very much, and he certainly is generously disposed towards me.3
I envy you your delightful climate and peaceful surroundings, and daily duties. You are very fortunate. We live at 2118 Wyoming Avenue, in the Embick’s house. It is just two doors off Connecticut and very convenient to the office.
With my most affectionate regards to you both,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Peyton, at this time commanding the Hawaiian Separate Coast Artillery Brigade at Fort DeRussy, Hawaii, wrote “If you are going to stay behind that desk and attempt to handle every detail yourself, you have undertaken an extremely hard task. I should regret extremely to hear that you had become a slave to a job that might possibly prove to be extremely detrimental to your health. I certainly hope that you will have ample time for exercise and recreation because when the time comes I want to see you go straight to the top where I have many times predicted you would finally land." (Peyton to Marshall, November 22, 1938, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon office, Selected].)
2. Richard C. Marshall had been a Regular Army officer from 1902 to 1920, reaching the rank of brigadier general during the World War. He was a construction engineer and lived in Chicago, Illinois.
3. Charles E. Stuart (V.M.I., 1901) was a construction engineer. He had been a consultant to the government of the U.S.S.R. (1926-32), a director of the American-Russian Chamber of Commerce, executive vice-president of the Export-Import Bank of Washington, D.C., (1934-36), and had numerous other duties pertaining to foreign trade.
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. 674-675.