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To Colonel Charles W. Weeks
October 11, 1934 [Chicago, Illinois]
I received my copy of the Volume VIII of the Mailing List yesterday, with the subscription cards and form letter.1 Already I have called the attention of all my Instructors to the importance of having their companies subscribe, as well as the officers. I found infantry officers who had been at Benning when the new type mailing list was first issued, and had since gone through Leavenworth, had never seen a copy until they received Volume VIII.
In connection with this matter, I would like to express myself very frankly. Long experience in tinkering with new ideas or methods in the Army has schooled me to ignore completely what happens after I leave the scene of each endeavor. I seldom ever inquire, and thus avoid all disappointment or discouragement. This Mailing List has been an exception in my experience. I was so deeply impressed with the necessity of vitalizing the old List and making it of genuine practical help to the National Guard and the Reserves, and I encountered so much of resistance or lack of enthusiasm in the faculty to a change of method and in the production of material, that I was really worried for fear the Mailing List would suffer a complete relapse.
Now, in Volume VIII, I find my brightest hopes realized. In quality of paper, binding, particularly in type and printing, in lithographing, in the excellence and simplicity of the drawings, in the selection and quality of the contents—this volume is a very fine production. A Colonel of the Guard, who is Vice President of the largest publishing company in the West, could not understand how the Infantry School could produce such a finished volume and at such an absurdly low price.2
Please accept my congratulations, and please tell your young men who did the mechanical work of preparing the back, that I greatly admire the job. Leavenworth had better look closely to its laurels. (I hope you send General Heintzelman—personally—a copy).
With warm regards.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Weeks succeeded Marshall as head of the Infantry School at Fort Benning. The school’s Mailing List, which was prepared under Weeks’s supervision, described itself as “a semi-annual publication containing the latest thought on Infantry.”
2. Colonel Charles C. Haffner, Jr., commander of the 124th Field Artillery Regiment, was associated with the R. R. Donnelley and Sons publishing company.
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. 437-438.