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To General John J. Pershing
December 20, 1938 Washington, D.C.
I appreciated your letter, and was gratified to learn that my proposal for a note from you to The President had been acceptable. I do not believe you appreciate just how important the results from that may be.1
We are hoping that you reached Tucson in fine shape and that you are comfortably settled there. While not exactly Christmasy in appearance, yet I envy you your surroundings for the Christmas season.
I saw in the morning paper the other day that Warren had been in town the night before for the Gridiron Dinner, but I did not get to see him personally. I hope the next time he comes down, or that I go to New York, I can have a talk with him. He is a fine boy.
With my affectionate regards to you and Miss May, and holiday greetings from the Marshall family,
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. General Pershing had written: “I signed and sent forward, within a day or two after its receipt, the letter that you had prepared for my signature, but I doubt sincerely whether it will have much effect.” (Pershing to Marshall, December 9, 1938, LC/J. J. Pershing Papers [General Correspondence].) The letter Marshall had prepared for Pershing is document #1-529 (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, 1: 654-5]).
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), p. 680.