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To General John J. Pershing
October 14, 1927 Washington, D.C.
My dear General:
Your telegram was deeply appreciated and your letter even more so, and I am very grateful to you for the flowers you sent to Mrs. Marshall. The truth is, the thought of all you had endured gave me heart and hope. But twenty six years of most intimate companionship, something I have known ever since I was a mere boy, leaves me lost in my best efforts to adjust myself to future prospects in life. If I had been given to club life or other intimacies with men outside of athletic diversions, or if there was a campaign on or other pressing duty demanding a concentrated effort, then I think I could do better. However, I will find a way.
Mrs. Marshall was to have left the hospital the following day. She died suddenly, unexpectedly, while in her chair writing to her mother. Two weeks earlier the shock would not have been so great. I will have to be grateful for many years of happiness such as few seem to find.
I have not inquired of Adamson about the date of your return, but I will do so tomorrow. Meanwhile, please understand that I am very grateful for your sympathy.
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
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. 315-316.