1-317 To General John J. Pershing, March 8, 1933

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: March 8, 1933

To General John J. Pershing

March 8, 1933 Fort Screven, Georgia

My dear General:

After a weeks shooting up country on a big plantation I went direct to Washington expecting to see you. Not until I arrived there did I learn of the change in your plans. I was greatly relieved to find out from Adamson and Colonel Jones that you were not really ill.1 I had feared flu or grippe was your portion.

It was a great disappointment not to see you. I had counted on it, but did not realize how much until I learnt you were still in Arizona.

Washington was a remarkable looking place. Seemingly, every deserving Democrat in the country was there—streets crowded, hotels overflowing and every crowd sprinkled with the uniforms of governor’s staff officers. The parade was Democracy at its blatant best and the simultaneous closing of the banks made plenty of atmosphere for the occasion. The crowds were still looking for you—did not seem to have seen the notices in the papers. As a matter of fact the first notice I saw was in the Army & Navy Register. I think Grayson and his committee must have tried to suppress the news of your absence.2

In this connection, I asked Adamson to let me know hereafter of your principal movements and changes of plan. Neither the Columbus, Ga. nor the Savannah papers are worth a damn. They carry very little news outside of local affairs. And I have not cared much about reading papers several days old. As a consequence I get most of my news, and of you, from “Time”. I did not know when you returned from France or when you left for the West. As a matter of fact the local paper said you had arrived at Howard Coffin’s place on St. Simeons Island near me.3 I telephoned and was told you were not there. I did not know you had left the Metropolitan Club until Jones told me.

I do hope this finds you enjoying the sunshine and clean air of Arizona and feeling well.


G. C. Marshall

Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.

1. Lieutenant Colonel Glenn I. Jones was a physician on duty at this time in the Office of the Chief of the Air Corps.

2. Rear Admiral Cary T. Grayson, formerly President Wilson’s personal physician, was chairman of the Roosevelt inauguration committee.

3. Howard E. Coffin, a businessman and engineer, had been a member of the Advisory Commission of the Council of National Defense from 1916 to 1918, and had held other military advisory posts.

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. 387-388.

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