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To Lee L. Lowman1
January 27, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mr. Lowman:
I have received your gracious note of January 25th, inviting me to be the guest of the Maryland Alumni Club on New Market Day.2
I appreciate your wanting me and am sorry I cannot accept. The fact of the matter is, I have already tentatively accepted the invitation of the New York Chapter, though I have slight hope of getting there. I have turned them down three successive years, and I promised to do my best this year to attend.
I cannot make dates like this because there are so many inspections that I should be making all over the United States as well as in the Caribbean area and Alaska, and I have to leave on such short notice, fitting in my desires with the various meetings of vast importance I am involved in here as well as the calls of conferences—that an evening date of this sort adds a further complication. If I fail to show up I give offense and frequently cause embarrassment. Therefore, I have had to decline.3
Will you please explain my situation and thank the Committee for their courtesy in inviting me.
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.Lowman was a Virginia Military Institute alumnus living in Baltimore, Maryland.
2. On May 15, 1864, the V.M.I. Cadet Corps was engaged as a Confederate Army unit in a pitched battle against the United States Army at New Market, Virginia. On that anniversary the corps annually commemorates this action in formal ceremonies at the institute.
3. Marshall’s letter to Lowman is typical of scores of similar responses during this period.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 399.