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To J. King Hoyt, Jr.1
July 2, 1946 Nanking, China
My dear Hoyt:
Thank you for your gracious letter of June 10th, which has just reached me here in Nanking, and for the kind thought of me which prompted its writing.
I am duly impressed by the honor I share with General MacArthur in having Harvard University break its 300-year tradition of not confering honorary degrees in absentia and am deeply appreciative. I also appreciate your intention to attend the actual presentation of the degree and certainly hope you will be able to do so.2
My days here are overcrowded and the ultimate success of my mission still rests in the lap of the Gods.
With kind regards and best wishes,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. A graduate of Harvard University who had attended the school’s June 6 commencement, Hoyt had served as an assistant chief of plans (G-3) with the First Division during World War I.
2. Harvard President James Bryant Conant had notified Marshall in April that he had been selected (along with Henry H. Arnold, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, Chester W. Nimitz, and Alexander A. Vandegrift) to receive the honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the June commencement. Marshall replied: “I regret my inability to be present. . . There is no objection on my part to your announcing that the degree had been voted me. I shall be honored to receive the degree at Cambridge in the not too distant future I hope, in a special ceremony as you suggest.” (Marshall to Conant, Radio No. GOLD 532, April 20, 1946, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [China Mission, General].) On the June 6 ceremonies, see New York Times, June 7, 1946, p. 40.
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. 617-618.