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To Major General George V. H. Moseley
November 12, 1934 [Chicago, Illinois]
You were certainly a peach to interest yourself voluntarily on my promotion by talking to the Secretary of War about it. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the way you have always seemed to have me and my interest in mind. Whatever may happen I can have the very satisfactory feeling that you will put the seal of your approval on my record.
Naturally I will treat what you have told me as most confidential, and I can but hope that Mr. Dern did more than listen pleasantly. Please believe me I am very grateful to you.1
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 previously written to Major General Briant H. Wells on the occasion of the general’s retirement: “General Brown’s sudden retirement the other day was another blow. If this keeps up, I won’t have a friend left on the Active List.” (Marshall to Wells, October 31, 1934, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Illinois National Guard].)
Writing to Major General Preston Brown, Marshall observed: “A letter came from Moseley this morning in which he was good enough to tell me that he had made a long talk to Secretary [of War George H.] Dern in Atlanta last Tuesday on the question of the type of men who have been selected for promotion and had interested Mr. Dern in my case. From having seen the Secretary at Fort Monmouth, I am inclined to think he merely listens pleasantly regarding military matters. At any rate I am much beholden to General Moseley for his friendly interest.” (Marshall to Brown, November 12, 1934, ibid.)
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. 445.