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To General John J. Pershing
July 31, 1941 Washington, D.C.
I telephoned your apartment at the Walter Reed Sunday [July 27] to learn if I might see you. The orderly on duty told me you were asleep and were not feeling up to visitors that afternoon. As I left the house shortly afterward to keep a broadcasting engagement,1 it was not until four o’clock that I received your telephone message that you would see me. Unfortunately I was involved in a meeting with some British officials and, therefore, could not get out to the Hospital that afternoon. Monday I left for New England, and incidentally was grounded at Hartford and had to take to the train—and did not get back to town until yesterday. I was about to leave here at six o’clock this morning for the Northwest, and a turn around south from California. However, last night at six the President had me at the White House and cancelled my trip. I am leaving Saturday on another inspection, so I cannot manage to get out to see you for another week.2
I do hope you are feeling better. John Palmer told me of his visit with you. He and Grenville Clark were very much flattered that you received them.
I have a great deal to tell you when we get together.
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. On July 27 Marshall had talked briefly during the 2:35-2:45 P.M. A.B.C. network broadcast of the First Army Cantonment Chapel dedication at Arlington National cemetery.
2. Marshall left shortly after 4:00 P.M. on July 28 for an inspection trip to Fort Devens, a large reception center in Massachusetts, northwest of Boston. The inspection trip scheduled for the weekend (he left at noon on Sunday, August 3) was actually a story invented to conceal his participation in the Churchill-Roosevelt meetings at Placentia Bay, Newfoundland.
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), p. 580.