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To Brigadier General Charles G. Dawes
May 23, 1938 Fort Lewis, Washington
I have learned nothing from the papers recently regarding the rate of your recovery. Will you please have Mr. Blyth send me a note, to Vancouver Barracks, telling me how you are progressing? I do not want to trouble Mrs. Dawes as I imagine she has been deluged with such inquiries.
I am hoping that this letter finds you in full force and vigor, and about ready for the same acute prediction regarding the trend of affairs, that you made so brilliantly in anticipation of the turning point in the first phase of the depression.
I have been ordered to Washington, to head the War Plans Division of the General Staff, sailing from San Francisco June 18th. I came here for Division maneuvers a week ago, direct from Missoula, Montana where I had been inspecting part of my Brigade. Mrs. Marshall was with me at Spokane and Missoula, and motored here with me via the Coulee Dam. Then she went on to Vancouver. We have our final maneuvers commencing tomorrow, and immediately thereafter—probably Thursday—I will return to Vancouver and get busy the final rites of breaking up a home.
We hate terribly to leave the Northwest, and I am particularly reluctant to go to a desk in Washington. I am a much more promising citizen, I think, in this sort of work than at a desk.1
I have marveled at General Pershing’s remarkable recovery. I spent a week with him at Tucson, and it did not seem vaguely possible then, and in such a short time, that he would be on his feet en route to New York.
With deep interest in your welfare,
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: Charles G. Dawes Papers, Northwestern University Library, Evanston, Illinois.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Dawes, upon returning to Chicago following his recovery from an operation in New York city, wrote to Marshall: “I had heard at New York that you had been ordered to General Staff duty for which is particularly important at this time. The assignment in present world conditions is a distinctive honor” (Dawes to Marshall, June 25, 1938, NU/C. G. Dawes Papers.)
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. 594-595.