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To Major General Edward W. Nichols
June 26, 1922 Washington, D.C.
My dear General:
I was very sorry not to see you when you were recently in Washington. Lily, I believe, had a telephone conversation with you, but I missed out entirely. I understood from her that you wished to secure the detail of Arthur Shipp as Commandant for the term beginning 1923.1 She understood you to say that you had applied for him at the Office of the Chief of Infantry, and wished me to do whatever I could to insure the detail. Will you please let me know if this is correct, that I may act accordingly.
I read with a great deal of interest of the fine turnout you had at finals this year. Colonel Cootes2 and myself had hoped to aeroplane up to Lexington, but my recovery from an operation to have my tonsils removed was too slow to permit my running around the country at that time.
Lily will probably be in Lexington in August, and I may take a horseback trip and ride up there if I do not accompany General Pershing to Alaska, which I hope I will not have to do.
Last week I was nominated for promotion to the grade of Lieutenant Colonel, but the Senate Military Committee decided, in view of the drastic reduction in the officer strength, not to confirm any of the nominations, many of which had been pending since last August. The net result is that I will have to wait an indefinite time from a year to four or five years, before I again acquire a vacancy.
With my warmest regards to Mrs. Nichols and yourself,
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: Alumni File, Virginia Military Institute Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Arthur M. Shipp, who graduated from Fort Leavenworth’s School of the Line in 1910, had risen to temporary colonel during the war in Europe. At this time he was a lieutenant colonel of Infantry.
2. Lieutenant Colonel Harry N. Cootes, a cavalryman, had attended V.M.I. for two years as a member of the class of 1896.
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. 211-212.