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To John C. Hughes
July 18, 1925 Tientsin, China
My dear Johnnie:
A considerable amount of water has gone under the bridge since your Xmas cable surprised me. Out here we blow hot and cold with little pause between currents. One day all is lovely and we pursue a most attractive social round, the next we are in a turmoil of threatening anti-foreign agitations of the Chinese. It all serves to make the time fly and to keep us interested in preparing the troops for possible eventualities. I am doing a great deal of riding and tennis this summer. My ponies have turned out beautifully. Every morning at 6 o’clock several of us meet near my house, ride 3 miles across country to the race Club (which, by the way is really a magnificent establishment, the most pretentious, except Long Champs, I have seen) and have a mile or mile and a half contest on the track, then some casual trot and walk for a bit and home again 3 miles to bath and breakfast. I am becoming a fairly good Jockey, only my weight puts me out of the normal racing class. Some days we ride entirely across country, and there are lots of ditches and mud dikes for excitement.
Evenings at six comes tennis at the American Club, a very sociable and pleasant gathering place. We play until eight, dining normally at eight thirty.
You would envy me my boy. He is perfect as a valet, presses and cleans beautifully, has everything arranged to save me every motion and anticipates every desire. While he can speak English I confine myself, for practice, to Chinese in talking to him. Now I can carry on a casual conversation in Chinese with far, far less difficulty than I ever could manage in French. And I can understand even the wranglings and squabbles of the coolies and rickshaw men.
I have spent one very delightful period at our Camp on the beach 160 miles from here where we have our target range. Bathing, riding and shooting occupies the time. Most of the women spend the entire summer there. I go again tomorrow for ten days to supervise the field firing exercises.
Mrs. Marshall and her mother have grown very fond of China. We have a comfortable, modern house, a good chauffeur and excellent house servants.
Please remember me to Mrs. Hughes, and believe me,
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: John C. Hughes Papers, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
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. 280-281.