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To Brigadier General John McA. Palmer
December 20, 1928 Fort Benning, Georgia
My dear John,
Chapter 16 is delightful, intensely interesting, and charmingly written. I do not think of any other comment which might be added. You have done a beautiful job of this portion of your book and if the rest is of the same class and standard, it will prove an enduring monument to you.1
Not having seen any of the other chapters, except possibly portions of the one which will include Von Steuben’s connection with the Revolution, I feel free to make one suggestion. I think it would be wise to present those portions of your ideas which bear directly on the Swiss system, with considerable indirection or, it might better be said, by inference. This has no particular point with regard to the general reader, but it might have considerable effect on the character of the reviews of the book written by army officers. Certain of them will be looking for a particular page on which to hang their hats, and this would undoubtedly be it.
I really was genuinely sorry when I came to the end of your paper, because it does make delightful reading; you have handled your presentation in a very artistic fashion.
I repeat again that I want to have you down here sometime this winter. Do you know General C. D. Rhodes at all well? That is, are you fond of him? I thought I might have the two of you together. If I did, you would have all the opportunity in the world to work that you might desire,—with golf links 200 yards from the house.2
With affectionate regards to you and Mrs. Palmer,
Document Copy Text Source: John McA. Palmer Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. The chapter Marshall read was published as “Lincoln as a Military Dictator,” in Washington, Lincoln, Wilson.
2. Marshall’s friend from Fort Leavenworth days, Charles D. Rhodes, had been promoted to major general effective September 5, 1928.
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. 333-334.