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To General John J. Pershing
September 8, 1935 Fire Island, New York
Congratulations, along with hundreds of others, on your birthday. I was recalling today a birthday dinner we had for you out of the Chevy Chase house in 1920 and how much of a hit my rhymes didn’t make. I can’t recall your birthday celebration in 1919. It must have been during the New York reception, for I think we were there then. A little later at Naushon I recall some sort of a party, but it must have been too late.
Do you recall those lovely fall days in the Adirondacks? Next Wednesday we motor up to Lake Placid or Saranac to spend a week; and on through Canada to the straits of Mackinaw, and south through Wisconsin to Chicago.
I came east three weeks ago to join Mrs. Marshall and the children—drove the 950 miles straight through without a stop for rest. Made New York City from the Loop in 24 hrs. and a half. During most of July I was at Camp McCoy at Sparta Wisconsin with the Illinois Artillery regiments; and at Camp Grant from Aug. 1 to 18th with the remainder of the division. Was quite pleased with results. They had made a vast improvement since a year ago, and were very proud of themselves. They now recognize the importance of my severity along certain lines.
Mrs. Marshall has been here since June 10th. I sent her on with our colored man. Molly had lan[d]ed from her ten month trip around the world, on June 5th, and had opened the cottage. Allen came up from the University of Virginia at the same time. He “life guards” at thirty bucks a week. Has made ten rescues in the heavy surf. Please arrange to stop over with me in Chicago this fall.
With all my best wishes for you,
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source, John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
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. 471-472.