2-452 To General John J. Pershing, May 14, 1941

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: May 14, 1941

To General John J. Pershing

May 14, 1941 Washington, D.C.

Dear General:

I have not been very successful in the matter of looking up apartment accommodations immediately available. I have hopes, but as yet they have not been realized.1

The following will be available on the dates mentioned. They are both at The Kennedy-Warren on Connecticut Avenue. I selected that apartment house because the elevator runs directly to the garage in the basement so that you can step directly from the elevator into your car thus avoiding long walks through lobbies, steps, etc. Also the Kennedy-Warren is a quieter place than most large apartment houses, has very nice people staying there, and is air-cooled and modern.

Miss (Dr.) Julia Hahn, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, wishes to sub-let her apartment for $125 a month during July and August. It consists of one large bedroom and bath, one small bedroom with half a bath, a living room 21.6 x 14.6, a dining alcove and kitchenette. Of course it is furnished and linen and silver would be included.

Mrs. Lytle, a Navy widow, wishes to sub-let her apartment at $115 a month from June 1 to October 1. It consists of one large bedroom and bath, a living room 21.6 x 14.5, dining alcove and kitchenette, furnished, linen and silver included.

I was told that both of these apartments are furnished in good taste and are most comfortable. I forgot to mention that there is a good cafe and room service.

I have surveyed some of the other apartments and eliminated most of them in my mind because, like at Wardman Park and The Shoreham, there is a long walk from the elevators to the car through crowded lobbies and, in the case of The Shoreham, also too many steps.

My Alaskan trip was stopped at the last hour by a call from the President, which continued day after day until finally his illness delayed matters so that the whole trip had to be cancelled.2 I got away Saturday afternoon by plane and joined Katherine at Fire Island, where she was straightening up the cottage, which has been leased for this entire summer. While it was cold, I got some relaxation in working on the grounds. I also had a couple of hours sunning on the beach. I flew back early Monday morning. Katherine does not return until Friday.

I want to invite myself to lunch as soon as you will have me again.3


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 staying at the Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

2. For the preceding three weeks, the president’s advisers had debated whether to reinforce the Atlantic Fleet. In accordance with the expanded naval duties outlined in Western Hemisphere Defense Plan Number Two, Stimson, Marshall, Stark, and Secretary of the Navy Knox advocated the reinforcement. The service chiefs argued that the United States would assume a defensive posture in the Pacific in the event of war and would need additional naval strength to protect task forces that might be deployed in the Atlantic. Secretary of State Hull initially opposed any weakening of naval strength in the Pacific that might encourage Japanese expansionism. Although Hull moderated his stance, the president approved only a small reinforcement of the Atlantic Fleet on May 13. (Yale/H. L. Stimson Papers [Diary, 34: 9-14]; Conn and Fairchild, Framework of Hemisphere Defense, pp. 104-10.)

3. Concerned about Pershing’s health, Marshall wrote their mutual friend Charles G. Dawes: “I fear you will have a great shock when you see General Pershing. Confidentially, it is very, very sad to see the change in him in the last few weeks. We had dinner together in San Antonio about six weeks ago and he looked fine. Then I had lunch with him the day after his return to Washington, and he was in good humor, but since then he has gone down hill.” (Marshall to Dawes, May 22, 1941, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)

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. 503-504.

Digital Downloads



, ,

Holding Rights: Public Information
Holding ID: 2-452

Rights: Public Information