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To General John J. Pershing
[November 26, 1936] Vancouver Barracks, Washington
My dear General:
I have been waiting to see some notice of your annual trip to Tuscon. I wish we had a dryer climate here so that you might enjoy something of this lovely house we have and the gorgeous scenery of this region. They tell us that it rains all winter, but so far we have had perfect fall weather—the most unseasonable in the history of the northwest, according to the statistics. I returned last night from a CCC inspection in the vicinity of Pendleton and Baker in eastern Oregon, very interesting country and quite new to me. Last week I battled fogs along the coast south of Astoria. I find the CCC intensely interesting and a welcome distraction from the routine of garrison administration.
We have an Irish Setter, raised from a pup in our Chicago apartment, that Mrs. Marshall and I take out in the woods on the reservation almost every afternoon and hunt pheasants—without any shooting. It makes a very pleasant arrangement for an afternoon walk.
Our house is the most attractive I have seen in the army, and we thoroughly enjoy it.
Gen. (Governor) Martin has made things very pleasant for me in Portland. He has a remarkable hold on these people, and is amusingly and daringly frank in his views on the present tendencies.
Please dictate a note and tell me how things go with you, and of your plans for the winter.
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. 515-516.