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To John C. Hughes1
January 2, 1925 Tientsin, China
My dear Johnnie:
The morning before Xmas I had all the officers assembled for some purpose, when a cablegram was handed to me. You gave me quite a thrill with your Xmas message and I can not begin to tell you how much Mrs. Marshall and I appreciated it and especially, your thinking to send it. You know, when one is well on the other side of the Earth, evidence that friends continue to remember them evokes a great impression.
I have been exceptionally busy since my arrival. The first two months we were engaged in a modified form of field service,—outposts, patrols, detachments guarding bridges, r r shops, &c. Two of my companies were in the midst of heavy fighting and many of the officers carried out their missions guarding bridges, putting thru trains &c., with guns or knives pointed at their stomachs. Nevertheless we got thru without untoward event and I snaffled a nice letter of commendation out of the affair which is worth my three years in China. More than 100,000 Chinese troops passed thru Tientsin, at least half of them pausing here for a day, week or longer. Equipment very modern. Discipline fair in one army and rigid in the victorious. We disarmed and collected hundreds of the disorganized defeated force.
Write to me some time of things American and New Yorky. Especially of Mrs. Hughes and yourself. With warmest regards to both of you.
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: John C. Hughes Papers, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. Formerly one of General Pershing’s aides, Hughes had resigned from the army, after returning with Pershing and his staff to the United States in 1919, and had become a business executive in New York City.
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), p. 270.