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To General John J. Pershing
April 6, 1938 Vancouver Barracks, Washington
I won’t bother you with a long letter, merely a note to tell you how delighted we are to learn of the rapid progress of your recovery. It is a tribute to your constitution, the moderation of which you have controlled your diet, and your willpower.
I hear on all sides, and in so many of the letters I receive, of the deep interest of everybody in your welfare. It was one of the most amazing tributes of affectionate concern on the part of the people at large, that I know of; and it should be a great satisfaction to you, and help towards your recovery.
Warren writes me that the wedding will go off according to schedule. I had tried to promote a wedding at Tucson, but could not display much energy as his self-appointed manager, because I was injecting myself into a very personal affair. However, he and I got considerable amusement out of discussions.1
We are having Army Day here today,—a review of the troops for Governor Charles Martin, lunch for sixteen at our house, and 125 representatives of civic organizations in Portland and Vancouver have the noon-day meal with the men. Fortunately the sun is bright, the trees are leafing out or blooming and the post looks quite lovely.
With affectionate regards to you and Miss May,
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. F. Warren Pershing and Muriel B. Richards were married in New York on April 22, 1938. Warren had written Marshall: “I have just returned yesterday from Tucson and hasten to get off this short note to tell you how much I appreciate your many kindnesses during the past few weeks. I can’t tell you how much both Aunt May and I appreciated your stopping off and I am sure it did a great deal to hasten Father’s recovery. I regret to tell you that your deep laid plot was not pulled off in Tucson, but that it is expected to go off on schedule on the 22nd of April and the Doctor announces that Father is entirely capable of attending the event.” (Warren Pershing to Marshall, March 22, 1938, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Vancouver Barracks].) Marshall replied, “I do think that as your manager I could have set you up to a wedding and a preliminary honeymoon that would put it all over anything those New York Socialites can do.” (Marshall to Warren Pershing, March 29, 1938, ibid.)
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. 588-589.