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To Nina Anderson Pape
February 1, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Miss Pape,
I have just this moment read your letter of January twenty-ninth which came as a great and pleasant surprise. It has been so long since I had heard of you—I believe the last time was in Chicago about 1935—that it was a most agreeable surprise to have your note come in this morning.
As to Dr. Glasgow and his Lee’s birthday talk to your students, naturally I appreciate very much the extremely generous comments he made regarding me. However, I cannot accept in silence some of the fine record and attributes he awarded me.1
I was a VMI and not a Washington and Lee boy. I did not stand first in my class scholastically, far from it—I did hold the highest rank in my class. I hope I am a Christian gentleman, and I certainly should be with Mrs. Marshall’s guardianship and influence, but I must confess to occasional outbursts that are secular. You see I am trying to be honest.
I do wish I could return to those pleasant and agreeable days that Katherine and I enjoyed at Savannah. We flew over the city two weeks ago but bad weather made it impossible for us to land.
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. Miss Pape, a friend from Savannah, Georgia, had written that Samuel McPheeters Glasgow, a minister in Savannah since 1931, had given a talk at Pape School about General Robert E. Lee. Glasgow—having been reared in Lexington, Virginia, and a 1903 graduate of Washington and Lee University—spoke complimentarily of General Marshall, a “college mate.” She had written to Marshall: “I think it is nice sometimes when we are overburdened with great responsibilities to hear some nice remarks made about ourselves.” (Pape to Marshall, January 29, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 260.