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To R. B. Lawrence1
February 17, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mr. Lawrence:
Apropos our conversation yesterday morning in the Fort Myer Riding Hall, the soldiers’ group to which I had reference is called the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Club.* The Club undertakes to provide a wholesome place in Washington for men coming into the District from the surrounding camps, where they can get a meal, bring their girl friends to a respectable spot, and to a limited extent where they can find a bed for the night on an economical basis. The Club is now in process of enlargement to meet the new demands. It is of great importance to the morale of enlisted men, and the ladies who manage it have a hard time raising the necessary funds, which they do largely through a rummage sale which involves a tremendous effort for a limited result.
You spoke of the possibility of some sort of horse show at Myer being used to help out. I don’t know about that, but I do know that the Club needs the help that publicity will give it.
Mrs. Julian Schley, the wife of the Chief of Engineers of the Army is the President of the Women’s Committee that handles it and Mrs. Marshall is Vice President and I am sure these ladies would be very much interested in having you look over the Club, and know something of how much good it does. I am taking the liberty of giving them your name and address in hopes they may be able to interest you.2
*1015 L St., N.W.
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. “Larry” Lawrence was the reporter covering horses and horse shows for the Washington Evening Star.
2. Having visited the service club with Mrs. Schley soon after Marshall’s letter, Lawrence wrote to the chief of staff that he thought he could interest his newspaper’s publishers in sponsoring a horse show. (Lawrence to Marshall, February 24, 1941, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
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), pp. 424-425,