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To Colonel John McA. Palmer
February 25, 1921 Washington, D.C.
My dear General:
As soon as your letter came yesterday I tried to make an appointment with Senator W. but found he was just leaving the city to return this A.M. As the appropriation bill for the Army comes up at noon today his Secretary did not think he would have time to see me before tomorrow morning.1
I spend so much of my time doing things for people in whom I have little interest and who I frequently hold in very moderate esteem, that it is a positive or actual pleasure to talk to Senator W. about you. I have not much command of English, but I feel sure I can give him an outline of your services which will impress even him—tho he already knows you so well.
I am so glad you wrote to me frankly and I will derive much satisfaction from anything I may be able to do in your behalf.
I think I would write to General P. if I were in your place. Many have done it and with some success. I understand that Johnson (91st Div.) and Bowley (F.A.) have been nominated for the two existing vacancies, but there is hardly a remote chance that they will be confirmed.2
I will write to you as soon as I see Senator Wadsworth.
Mrs. Marshall is in Virginia for a three weeks visit with her mother.
Give my love to Mrs. Palmer and also give me the name of Mary’s school in your next letter.
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: John McA. Palmer Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. This letter was not found, but Palmer had been trying to obtain a promotion to brigadier general.
2. Colonel William H. Johnson and Colonel Albert J. Bowley (U.S.M.A., 1897) were nominated to be brigadier generals by President Wilson on February 23, 1921. The third session of the Sixty-sixth congress failed to act on any promotions to general officer before the session ended on March 4, 1921.
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. 206-207.