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To General John J. Pershing
November 13, 1933 Chicago, Illinois
Your nice and thoughtful note of congratulations followed me from Ft. Moultrie to Chicago. I came here on unexpected and sudden orders, to my complete surprise. An anticipated critical situation this winter with the hungry, and the striking coal miners caused my selection. I tried to remain at Moultrie, where I had only been established four months, but without success. There, I had a regiment, 4000 CCC men throughout South Carolina and rather complete independence. Gen. MacArthur wrote me in a very sympathetic manner, but it was “back to staff duty” for me. I seem fated.
We have not yet gotten settled, but I have signed a lease for an apartment on the “close in” North Side, about three blocks south of the Drake Hotel.
I spent Sunday a week ago with General Dawes. He seems very quiet, compared to his old assertive self. I know he must have suffered terribly the blow to his prestige.1
Mrs. Marshall motored out with me. The children (less Allen in school in Virginia) motor out next week from Baltimore.
City life is a great and depressing contrast to the delightful existence of my past few years on a post with troops. I suppose I will grow accustomed to it in time. Fortunately I can walk to and from my office in twenty five to thirty minutes, and an armory with horses is only a block distant.
I appreciated your letter very much, and I hope you are in fine shape.
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. See Marshall to Pershing, January 24, 1933, note 4, (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-315 [1: 384-86]).
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. 406-407.