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To Brigadier General William H. Cocke
March 4, 1928 Fort Benning, Georgia
My dear General:
I am sorry you and Mrs. Cocke could not arrange to pay me a visit in February as you had partially planned. I had quite counted on seeing you.
I am writing now as a result of a letter just received from Edmund Coles, in Charlotte. He mentioned that Mrs. Coles had received a formal offer for her house several weeks ago and was about to accept it. As he did not mention the Institute, I am wondering if you are aware of this possible transfer. I had rather imagined that her property, due to its location, was an inevitable acquisition of the Institute. This is merely to advise you that the house is about to be sold, in case you have had any idea of securing it for the V.M.I.1
I have not yet met your sister’s daughter, but I wrote her husband a note asking him to let me know when she arrived that I might have the pleasure of meeting her. The students, married ones, all live in Columbus ten miles from the post, and I have not yet met many of their families, as I am still occupied in making the rounds of more than three hundred calls I owe on the post.
I wish you would tell me something of Mrs. Warren, and the Senator.2 I have heard nothing of her health for several years.
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: Alumni File, Virginia Military Institute Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. The Institute purchased the property, which was located immediately outside the school’s main gate, in mid-September, 1928.
2. Senator and Mrs. Francis E. Warren.
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. 327.