2-303 To Colonel Milton G. Baker, November 13, 1940

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: November 13, 1940

To Colonel Milton G. Baker

November 13, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Colonel Baker:

I have your letter of November 11th, enclosing the check.1 You are very generous, and I appreciate this highly. As a matter of fact, I have never accepted any honorarium in the past, but this time I find it a very pleasant business; and it may interest you to know that I will pass it on as a wedding present to my step-daughter.2

My day with you at Wayne was highly interesting and very pleasant. I congratulate you on a splendid institution, and an exceptionally fine looking group of young soldiers. Their marching, discipline, and appearance were evidence of the highest military standards.3

Faithfully yours,

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. Marshall had spoken at the Armistice Day service at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania, on November 10. Superintendent Baker’s letter of November 11 enclosed an honorarium of $250. (See Marshall to Baker, October 8, 1940, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-277 [2: 326-27].)

2. Molly Pender Brown was engaged to Captain James J. Winn (U.S.M.A., 1929), an artilleryman stationed at Fort Davis, Panama Canal Zone. Announcements of their December wedding had been printed on November 3 in various newspapers, including the New York Times, sec. 2, p. 3.

3. Despite Baker’s promise that Marshall’s speech would go unreported, both the Philadelphia Record (p. 3) and the Philadelphia Inquirer ran stories on November 11. The chief of staff was quoted as having said: “Democracy is on trial. In order to meet the threat of total war we must combat it with total defense. Total defense is not only the building of a military machine, but the building of spirit, too. We must make every man, woman and child in this country believe we have something worth defending. We can accomplish things fast in a military way in this country because of the superiority of our reserve officers. It is due to this high type civilian body that we are doing today what many believed could not be done in so short a time.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, November 11, 1940, p. 6.) No copy of this address is in the Marshall papers.

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. 349-350.

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