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To General John J. Pershing
April 12, 1940 Washington, D.C.
I have tried to get off a letter to you for several days, but each time I start something happens—and a great deal has been happening in the last seventy-two hours.
I understand you made the trip in fine shape to Hot Springs,1 and that you are coming to Washington the end of the month. We will be looking forward to seeing you with a great deal of pleasure.
Just now I am in a battle with the Appropriation bill, with the Army promotion or revitalization bill, and with one or two other very important pieces of legislation; on top of which there is the matter of the maneuvers in the Southeast, and what is to be done in view of the increased tenseness of the situation abroad. I fear that affairs are rapidly moving to a crash of ground forces and air activity.
With most affectionate regards from Katherine and me,
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. Pershing was at the Army and Navy General Hospital, Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 197-198.