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To Lieutenant Colonel Edwin F. Harding
February 26, 1935 [Chicago, Illinois]
When the box of cuts came, so promptly after my note to you, and I looked them over, I must admit I felt apologetic, because I certainly have been imposing on you. Nevertheless, your generous response is deeply appreciated and will not be forgotten. The cover cut came shortly after my return from Washington and I plan to use it probably in the April issue.1
I appreciate your generous comments regarding the last issues of the ILLINOIS GUARDSMAN, but you are rather drawing a long bow, in the spirit of friendly encouragement. The truth of the matter is, just at present I am playing the magazine down to the enlisted men, who form 90 per cent of the subscribers. It is rather hard to do this and at the same time get out an issue that would appeal to officers. However, I am gradually headed that way and think in two or three more months I will do much better. Gradually I hope to wash out the triviality of the regimental notes and make this portion of the magazine more a series of articles on what is occurring in the regiment that will be of general interest throughout the Division.
My principal difficulty is to secure any material regarding the down state units, who at the same time are jealous of what appears about the Chicago units. Their attitude is inconsistent, but an important consideration. The reason we apparently favor the Chicago units is, the Colonels are more “houndable.”
I imagine you and the Tuttles will have a lively weekend. I wish I could join you.2
Katherine, with Mrs. McCoy,3 is deep in the business of attending auctions. There are rare bargains here in Chicago, BUT the only trouble is, they usually come back with something other than what they went after. We drew a pool table in one of the recent events. I expect to use it after we have retired.
Give my love to Eleanor.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Marshall had written to Harding, the editor of the Infantry Journal, to borrow the printing plates (“cuts”) for some illustrations.
2. Major and Mrs. William B. Tuttle were friends from the Tientsin, China, assignment.
3. Major General Frank R. McCoy took command of the Sixth Corps Area, which had its headquarters in Chicago, on February 1, 1935. General and Mrs. McCoy leased the apartment across the hall from the Marshalls.
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. 459-460.