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To General John J. Pershing1
April 15, 1941 Washington, D.C.
The day following my delightful evening with Miss May and you was spent in inspecting the troops of the Second Division at Leon Springs, looking over the installations at Fort Sam Houston, inspecting the Air Depot and the schools at Kelly and Randolph Fields.
I got away from Randolph about two o’clock P.M. and flew into Beauregard, Louisiana to inspect the two divisions there and Corps Headquarters. I had intended to fly on to Shelby, but thought it advisable to attend Senator Sheppard’s funeral in Texarkana; so I left Beauregard at noon the following day and arrived in Texarkana in time for the funeral.2 I left there the same evening and flew directly east, arriving in Washington at eleven that night, and found Mrs. Marshall at Bolling Field to receive me.
Allen and his wife and Clifton were here to spend Easter week-end, so we had quite a house full, and a lovely spring day. I got in a horse-back ride and walk and a drive down to Leesburg for my first look at the house Mrs. Marshall had been negotiating for.3
I was so glad to have an evening with you and Miss May and delighted to see how well you are looking. I imagine this warm weather will bring you north very shortly. It is 82 in Washington today.
With affectionate regards to you both,
G. C. Marshall
P.S. I had my first of your Texas grapefruit Sunday morning. You were very thoughtful to think of us.
G. C. M.4
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Pershing was staying at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, with his sister May Pershing. Marshall visited them on the evening of April 10.
2. Senator Morris Sheppard, Democrat from Texas and native of Texarkana, had been chairman of the Military Affairs Committee until his death on April 9.
3. On May 5 the Marshalls paid $20,000 for Dodona Manor and its nearly four acres on the east side of Leesburg, Virginia, about thirty-five miles northwest of Washington, D.C. Mrs. Marshall described the town as “about as unreconstructed a place as you could find, alluringly replete with tradition and history.” (Katherine Tupper Marshall, Together: Annals of an Army Wife [New York and Atlanta: Tupper and Love, 1946], p. 115.) The house was built in 1754 by George Washington Ball, a nephew of George Washington, and named by its previous owner, Northcutt Ely. For a contemporary view of the house as remodeled by Mrs. Marshall, see “The Virginia Home of General Marshall,” House and Garden, 81 (February 1942): 40-41, 80.
4. Marshall added this handwritten postscript.
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. 476-477.