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General John J. Pershing to George C. Marshall
February 28, 1930 White Sulphur Springs, [West Virginia]
My dear Marshall:
I have your letter of the eighteenth in which you speak of General Ely and his ambitions. Of course I should like to see Ely become Chief of Staff as I think he would make a good one, but I am very fearful that it would be establishing a wrong sort of precedent to appoint a man who has only a year to serve. While he may think there are no other cases likely to come up later on, yet should the War Department commit itself to such a policy there certainly would be other cases that we can not now foresee. However, I will have a talk with the Secretary about it and rather feel him out and see what can be done.
It has been a great disappointment to me not to go to Benning as planned. I am sure that if Egan and I could have gone we might have done a lot of good work on my manuscript. As it is, I have not done so very much. I think you have seen the outline as it stands today, but to my mind it needs a great deal more work on it before it is turned loose. Before that time comes, if it ever does, I should like to have you review the manuscript again and give me your comments.
Although I do not write often, you are in my thoughts frequently and I am hoping that some of these days you will come into your own. Everybody that I meet who knows you always speaks in the highest terms, of course, and I think it is only a question of time when you will be repaid for your patience.
Believe me always, with best wishes,
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter.
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. 350-351.