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To Major General John L. Hines1
April 17, 1919 [Chaumont], France
My dear General:
I returned to Chaumont last night, and the first thing this morning I wish to write and tell you again how very much I appreciated your hospitality and your many kindnesses to me during my first visit to the Rhine. I can see now that I will only have kindly recollections of Germany and the Germans, because of the pleasure you gave me at Neuwied. I have never experienced before such perfect hospitality, and while I must have worn it almost to the bone it seemed genuine to the last moment.
I was sorry not to see you that night at General Smith’s party, but when I returned to Treves I was so tired and the hour was so late that I went straight to bed. I think I passed you the next afternoon in Bonn when Drum and myself were heading for Cologne.
I spent two days in Brussels, and that is about all that I can put on paper about my Brussels trip. I even went to see the battlefield of Waterloo, but I am not certain that I saw it. However, I had a wonderful time, and I am a poorer, wiser, and quieter man.
With my warmest regards to you, General King, Chaffee,2 and all the other members of your very delightful staff, believe me always
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: John L. Hines Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Hines was commanding general of the Third Army Corps, with headquarters at Neuwied, near Coblenz.
2. Brigadier General Campbell King was chief of staff of the Third corps, and Colonel Adna R. Chaffee (U.S.M.A., 1906) was assistant chief of staff for Operations.
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. 185.