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To General John J. Pershing
November 6, 1936 Vancouver Barracks, Washington
I see by the papers that you are home again, and I suppose you are in Washington for a few weeks before going to the south west. I hope you returned in as fine health as you appeared to enjoy last May.
We took three weeks to a motor trip out here—used a Packard instead of a Ford—and had a gorgeous sight seeing time: Santa Fe, northern New Mexican Indian settlements, Petrified Forests, Painted Desert, Grand Canyon from both rims, Zion Park in Utah, Boulder Dam, Hollywood!, Yosemite, giant redwood groves along north coast road. At the Grand Canyon I tried to recall the details of your famous trip horseback so many years ago, but about all that I could remember was that you were in dire distress for water and uncertain of your course, and that you told the story at a campfire one evening on Lake Brandreth.
We found quarters, bordering on the palatial here as to size, convenience, gardens, views, etc. Arrived a week ago and were settled twenty four hours later. Everything seems quite delightful, and we are charmed with our new surroundings.
My CCC inspections take me up the Columbia River gorge, out around Pendleton, and south to Eugene. I called on General Martin (Governor of Oregon) at Salem on my way here. He is an old and warm friend of mine. Looks well, and seems to be ace high as Chief Executive of the State.
With affectionate regards,
G. C. Marshall
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. 513-514.