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To General John J. Pershing
September 12, 1936 New York, New York
Your cable of congratulations was forwarded to Chicago by Adamson in time to reach me the night before I left on my present trip east.1 Naturally I was very much gratified to have your message of good wishes at such long range, and I appreciate tremendously your cabling.
You had told me last May that I would be on the September list, but I had long ceased counting chickens before they were hatched; so I was delighted to have the matter settled.
Mrs. Marshall and I left Chicago by motor on the 4th enroute to Exeter to Emily Russell’s wedding in Lewis Perry’s house. We took the Buffalo boat at Detroit, paused at Saratoga Springs, made a house party in Vermont, and finally reached Exeter. Most of Milton was there, and Governor Forbes. Emily married a recent professor of law at the University of Penna, Renyolds Brown; a man of 68 years. Lewis Perry looked in fine shape and very happy in his marriage to Mrs. Adams—his first wife’s sister.2
We reached New York late last night, and leave for Baltimore tomorrow—Washington Tuesday. Just returned from the McCoy’s on Governor’s Island and are headed for a dinner on 70th street and the theatre.
This goes to you on your birthday. I wrote my congratulations some weeks ago, but I supplement them today with my prayers for your health and continued happiness.
Thanks very deeply for your insistence on my promotion; I would still be waiting were it not for you.
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. Pershing to Marshall, August 27, 1936, LC/J. J. Pershing Papers (General Correspondence). There is no copy of this telegram in the Marshall papers.
2. Reynolds D. Brown (b. May 6, 1869), professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania from 1897 to 1936, and a resident of Milton, Massachusetts, married Emily Perry Russell on September 10, 1936. Lewis Perry, Sr., had married Juliette Hubbell Adams in June, 1935.
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. 508.