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To Colonel George S. Patton, Jr.
July 24, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just found your letter of July 20th, with its hospitable invitation for me to “batch” with you while I am getting my house established at Myer. I will be glad to accept and will talk to you later over the `phone. You are very kind to invite me.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. After receiving Marshall’s acceptance, Patton wrote to his wife, who was at their permanent residence in Massachusetts: “I have just consumated a pretty snappy move. Gen George C. Marshall is going to live at our house!!! He and I are batching it. I think that once I can get my natural charm working I won’t need any letters from John J. P[ershing] or any one else. Of course it may cramp my style a little about going out but there are compensations.” (Patton to Beatrice A. Patton, July 27, 1939, LC/G. S. Patton, Jr., Papers.)
Marshall fit perfectly into the Patton household and scheme of things, if not the Patton lifestyle. “Gen Marshall is just like an old shoe last night he was dining out and instead of having a chauffeur he drove himself He is going out in the boat with me to day. He does not seem to have many friends.” (Patton to Beatrice A. Patton, July 29, 1939, ibid.)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 21.