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To John L. Cabell
March 29, 1937 Vancouver Barracks, Washington
My dear John:
Your letter of March 24th arrived too late for an answer to reach you in Lexington at Easter time—you gave no dates.1
General LeJeune informed me before the news of his retirement became public, that he had submitted my name to the Board of Visitors as one of the men recommended to succeed him. Beyond thanking him, I did not express any ideas on the subject. What you probably heard was the report of my declining to have my name considered when Cocke was urging me to retire and succeed him.2 At the present time I have had nothing to say since the Board of Visitors has had nothing to say to me. Confidentially, I would decline if offered the place, but I do not care to make any such announcement unless the Board tenders me the opportunity, or at least expresses some preliminary interest in the matter. I take this position as there may come a day a few years hence when I would be honored and happy to have such an opportunity. Were I a major general today I think I would accept such an appointment. But, I would not care to do it short of that commission.
I appreciate your interest very much, after all these years, and would prefer to thank you personally, and I congratulate you on being the proud father of a cadet captain. He certainly put it over on his Dad.
Buster Peyton is a candidate for the V.M.I. job and has asked me to help him. He is very able, and very tactful—to the highly necessary quality.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Cabell (V.M.I., 1901), an assistant professor at V.M.I., 1902-3, was a state and county tax collector in Savannah, Georgia. He was spending Easter in Lexington, Virginia, with his son, John S. Cabell, a first classman at V.M.I.
2. In February, Cabell had been in Lexington and had been told that Marshall would not consider accepting the superintendent’s position to be vacated by Major General John A. Lejeune on October 1.
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. 528-529.