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To Major General Charles H. Martin
May 27, 1938 [Vancouver Barracks, Washington]
The news of the election results reached me in the field at maneuvers at Fort Lewis, from where I just returned last night. I had a short time previously written a note of my feelings on the subject, and it really pains me to write to you now to express regrets.1 Really what has happened is such a tragedy to the State of Oregon that I am without words on the subject. For you personally I feel a disappointment that I am sure is keener than yours, for I can not have your solace of feeling of work so well done and a vastly important service so well rendered.
I can not help but think that out of this black disappointment will come something much more important than we perceive at the present time. Meanwhile my deep regret that things have not gone entirely your way, and my deep regret that I am forced to leave the Northwest and the delightful intimacy I have had with you; in all of which Mrs. Marshall joins me.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Governor Martin lost the Democratic gubernatorial primary in a close race against Henry L. Hess. Marshall had previously written to Martin: “I submit my prayers and hopes towards your success in the election on May 20th, and I wish that I could cast my first vote in your behalf. This note is merely to tell you that your success is dear to my heart and constantly in my mind." (Marshall to Martin, May 14, 1938, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Vancouver Barracks].)
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. 597-598.