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Major General Edward W. Nichols1 to
George C. Marshall
May 7, 1909 [Lexington, Virginia]
My dear Marshall:
I write to ask whether you would like to have your name considered in connection with the detail as commandant here for the three years beginning August 15th., next. Capt. Mills’ term expires on the 17th. of August, and the matter is to be determined by the Board of Visitors at their meeting to be held here on June 19th.
We have noted with increasing interest your success, and wish for you all good things that the Army may afford. With kindest regards to Mrs. Marshall, believe me to remain,
Yours very cordially,
P.S.—I think it is probable that we could overcome any difficulties that may be presented at Fort Leavenworth arising from your present position through Gen. Bell, Chief of Staff, who is a great friend of the institution. In the event of your desiring your name considered in this connection, please send me an outline of your record since you left us.
Document Copy Text Source: Record Group 2, Virginia Military Institute Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Nichols (V.M.I., 1878) had been the professor of mathematics when Marshall was at V.M.I. On July 1, 1907, he succeeded Scott Shipp, who had retired, as superintendent.
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. 47.