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To Charles Johnston1
November 10, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just received your note of November 9th, with its pleasant invitation for me to address the Philadelphia Chapter of the VMI Alumni, the date to be set by me.
I would be very glad to meet the Alumni around Philadelphia, but the truth of the matter is I have stretched myself to the limit here for three months, not having an afternoon off or even a Saturday or Sunday until I feel I must conserve my energies and time for the mass of business, now heavily budgetary, that is developing, as well as for the inspections of the field training just opening.
I have talked to the Alumni at Leesburg, near Richmond, at Norfolk, and spent a day and a night at the VMI the October 21st week-end,2 and I do not believe I can undertake any other engagements for some time to come. As soon as the weather clears, or I happen to find myself in the vicinity of Philadelphia, I will let you know.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Johnston, a 1902 graduate of Virginia Military Institute, was an insurance underwriter in Philadelphia.
2. Marshall attended Homecoming activities at Virginia Military Institute on Saturday, October 21. He reviewed the garrison and watched his alma mater’s football team defeat the University of Virginia (16-13). He and Mrs. Marshall left Lexington by car the next morning. (Marshall to Major General Charles E. Kilbourne, October 18, 1939, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General]; The V.M.I. Cadet, October 24, 1939, p. 1.)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 102-103.