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To J. C. Upton1
June 5, 1946 Nanking, China
My dear Mr. Upton:2
Your letter of May 10th has just reached me in Nanking, China. While I appreciate the great compliment you pay General Marshall by your proposal, it would be useless for me to transmit any such proposition to him. I can assure you that he has no intention of ever entering into politics, and there is no possibility of his ever changing his mind.
With my thanks for your courtesy, and apologies for my long delay in acknowledging your letter,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, China Mission, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Upton, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina, had written to Mrs. Marshall that he had “contacted many [of] our present leaders, every one to a man heartily agrees with my proposal to draft the General as next democratic Nominee. . . . The movement has progressed to the point where we deem it advisable to inform the General of our intentions.” (Upton to K. T. Marshall, May 10, 1946, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [China Mission, General].)
2. Marshall wrote this letter for Mrs. Marshall’s signature.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 575-576.