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To Douglas C. Arnold1
October 28, 1938 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mr. Arnold:
I received a letter dated October twenty-sixth from Mr. Elmo Roper, regarding my attendance at a meeting of the Pelham Men’s Club on November fifteenth.2 In his letter he asked me to communicate directly with you regarding several questions he raised.
As to whether or not I prefer my talk to be “just a personal address”, or “would it serve better any purposes you had in mind if we arranged for the presence of newspaper reporters?”, I very much prefer that no reporters be involved. With them present I would have to be exceedingly conservative, so much so that there would be little interest, probably, in what I had to say.
Mr. Roper states that you will meet me at any train; therefore, I would appreciate your giving me the convenient hour for my arrival, and the train time departure from New York.
Also, I would appreciate your telling me whether I should appear in ordinary business clothes, or a dinner coat.
Thanking you for your consideration,
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. Arnold was the president of the Keystone Varnish Company and a resident of Pelham, in Westchester County, New York.
2. Elmo B. Roper, Jr., was a marketing consultant and the research director of the Fortune survey of Public Opinion. He wrote, “Your talk will be billed as `America and the Need for Armament’ and we shall leave the treatment of this subject to your own good judgment. Our talks usually last from forty-five minutes to an hour. There will probably be about two hundred in attendance and the membership is composed largely of men who are managing New York businesses. From this you may safely assume it is a somewhat conservative group. (Roper to Marshall, October 26, 1938, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].) No copy of a prepared address has been found in the Marshall papers.
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. 640-641.