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To General John J. Pershing
September 13, 1930 Fort Benning, Georgia
My congratulations and affection go to you on your birthday. I wish I could see you and hear something of what has past since Bluemont the summer of 1928. Each year without untoward slip has added immensely to your prestige. There have been pitfalls without number, but the dignity and modesty of your course has carried you steadily upward in the public mind, from what once appeared to be the summit. Yours must be a great satisfaction.
I feel free to comment because I once saw something of the difficulties. But my admiration has grown with time and perspective.
In August I wrote you from the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, addressing my letter to the Embassy in Paris. I had not known of your return until yesterday. I only got back a few days ago myself. In my letter I told you of my approaching marriage to Mrs. Clifton S. Brown of Baltimore, a widow with a daughter of eighteen, a son of seventeen and another of fifteen. The daughter has been abroad since last September. The sons are off to school. Mrs. Brown’s brother is a writer, Tristram Tupper. Her sister is a writer and playwright.1
We are to be married in Baltimore the afternoon of October 15th. I would count it a great honor if you would stand up with me. The wedding is to be quiet with only family and very intimate friends of hers—no invitations. Please treat the matter as confidential for the present. My sister alone of my family knows anything about it.
With affectionate regards,
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.
1. Allene Tupper Wilkes wrote plays, articles, and short stories. Her best-known play was The Creaking Chair, in which Tallulah Bankhead made her London debut in 1924.
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), p. 358.