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To General John J. Pershing
September 13, 1929 Fort Benning, Georgia
I returned at 10:00 last night after 2_ months absence in Wyoming, and this morning thought of your birthday occurs to me. This letter will be a rather late arrival of congratulations, but no one wishes you more of health, happiness, and years than your humble servant. I was concerned by the last paragraph of your letter to me, which reached me in Wyoming the latter part of July, referring to the fact that your winter attack of flu had left you in need of a summer cure. However, I noticed in the paper that you had been grouse shooting in England, so I suppose you have gotten well back into shape again. I am wondering if you did not join Baruch, as I noticed he had leased a place for this winter.
I was much distressed this summer to miss an opportunity to see Senator Warren. He visited Sheridan, twenty miles from the Eaton Ranch, but there was no prior notice of his visit, and I did not learn of it until after he had left. Naturally I would have liked so much to have seen him again, for it has now been five years since I left Washington. I am going to write him a note, in the hope that he will tell me something of himself and of Mrs. Warren.
I had a delightful summer, gaining back about eleven pounds—I weigh 180 now—and meeting many agreeable, and some distinguished, people. The last ten days the ground was covered with snow, and the air was rather bracing. I rode daily and often twice a day, as did most of the others. General Harries and his wife have a lovely cottage there and turned over one of their rooms to me, so I was quite luxuriously established. Mrs. Harries had a great deal to say about you, complimentary of course.1
I am looking forward to the possibility of your spending some time with me this winter. Please, if you come, do not tie yourself up with engagements which will force you to rush back to Washington or elsewhere, for you may find it more restful and agreeable here than you anticipate. Certainly it will give me a great deal of pleasure to have you, and your presence would be of tremendous interest to this large garrison. General and Mrs. Harbord are probably coming over with General and Mrs. Cocke from Augusta immediately after New Year’s. I hope their plans turn out this way.
With affectionate regards and more congratulations,
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Major General George H. Harries, a businessman as well as a soldier, had been an important figure in the Service of Supply in France during the World War.
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. 345-346.