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To John B. Wilson
July 27, 1937 Vancouver Barracks, Washington
I appreciated your note of July 20th, and was very glad to hear from you direct.1 I hope that we can get together, and that we will not have to wait a year.
My interest in Rose is very much from the heart, and I believe I am as well aware of her possibilities as her own family—possibly more so. She has the makings of a wonderful wife, and while this is no time for preaching, and that would hardly be tactful, I counsel you both to cultivate a wide degree of tolerance for this first year. Seemingly, in modern life, tolerance and loyalty play a small part in accepted requirements for the marital relation. As a matter of fact, they rank first.
I know you will be very happy, and I hope that prosperity for you two is just around the corner.
With my love to you both,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Marshall’s goddaughter, Rose Page, had married Wilson in June, 1937. The July 20 letter is not in the Marshall papers.
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. 553.