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Memorandum for General Pershing
July 9, 1924 Washington, D.C.
Diary of Col. Marshall.1
My dear General:
As I told you the day we separated in New York, I have always hesitated in turning over to you this so called journal of my experiences in France. Knowing what a careful and finished workman you are in such matters, I am very loathe to turn over to you this rough first draft of dictated stuff, which has been done in the midst of constant interruptions. Also, it is extremely personal, because it is intended to be merely a record of what I saw, heard and thought at the time.
So in reading this, please have in mind just how it was done and for what purpose; otherwise, it will seem very egotistical and extremely crude.
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Published as Memoirs of My Services in the World War, 1917-1918 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1976).
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. 259.