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To Colonel John McA. Palmer
May 2, 1921 Washington, D.C.
My dear Colonel Palmer:
My own absence from the city during most of the past ten days and General Pershings absence for a week at the White Sulphur,1 has caused me to delay in answering your last letter.
You paid me the highest compliment I have ever received, and coming from you makes me value it all the more, so I want you to know how much I appreciate your good opinion and particularly your gracious method of telling me of it.2
General Pershing has not taken any action in your case, but I think he is waiting until his own status has been more definitely settled and the new Chief of Staff announced. As soon as these two things are cleared up I will remind him, at his request, of the matter and he then intends to have it settled if possible as you desire.3
Mrs. Marshall and I have been off on two motor trips recently, one up into Penna, thru Gettysburg, and one down into the Shenandoah Valley. The country is beautiful and it recalled my staff ride thru the same section in 1908.
Give our love to Mrs. Palmer and keep a generous share for yourself. I have not told her of my modern method of greeting the cook!
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: John McA. Palmer Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. White Sulphur Springs resort in West Virginia.
2. Replying to Marshall’s letter of April 15, Palmer wrote that he was "delighted to know that my proposal meets with the General’s active approval. I am more than grateful to you for your friendly interest in bringing the matter so formally to his attention. I feel that you are giving me material help toward an opportunity for successful life work, and if I should meet with any success I will find no more gratifying use of it than in helping a little toward making your merits more widely known and recognized. For I believe you know that ever since I was one of your elderly pupils at Leavenworth I have considered you one of the real leaders of progress in the army. I know nobody in whom endowments of intellect, character, courage and rare tact are more abundantly provided and more perfectly balanced." (Palmer to Marshall, April 17, 1921, LC/J. McA. Palmer Papers.)
3. On May 6 orders were issued instructing Palmer to report for duty with General Pershing’s staff.
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. 209-210.