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To General John J. Pershing
December 20, 1930 Fort Benning, Georgia
This carries to you Xmas Greetings and good wishes for all of the New Year from Mrs. Marshall and myself. I have a house full—seven—so it will be a busy holiday. Took the young boy on an eighteen mile wild cat hunt yesterday at 5:30 A.M.
I hope you got off your ms on time and to your satisfaction, and I’m sorry you did not feel like coming down here after the fifteenth. Katherine was much excited over the possibility.
I think the book will make a profound impression and will read splendidly in print. On the train and since my return I have thought over the various points we discussed and I find nothing new to offer. The elimination of a few woods and villages will clear up the Meuse-Argonne, and I am certain will give you a more impressive account of the battle than anyone can turn out for you.
My three days with you, while crowded, were delightful for me, and I only wish I could have loafed a bit and talked things over with you.
My affectionate regards and wishes for your Xmas and the New Year.
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), p. 370.