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To Major General Frank R. McCoy
November 3, 1933 Chicago, Illinois
I found your letter on my arrival in Chicago a few days ago. It had been forwarded from Moultrie. I was delighted to hear from you and am looking forward to an opportunity for a heart-to-heart talk.
My coming here was a sudden and unexpected affair—arranged personally between Gen. MacArthur and General Keehn. I will enclose my correspondence with General MacArthur which will explain matters.1
Just now Mrs. Marshall and I are hunting industriously for living quarters. We strongly favor the near north side—but our purse strings do not. We are temporarily living at a hotel near the Drake—directly in rear of the Lake Shore Athletic Club.
Naturally I miss the genial and gentle surroundings of Charleston and South Carolina. I had fixed Moultrie up quite a bit, and our quarters were lovely—all done over, and made white wood work inside. I never expect to have a more delightful home. The CCC camps and boys in S.C. were in a fine state and I was set for a fall of wonderful hunting. We will have to cultivate our tastes to city life.
The children—those not at school—join us the end of the month. We hope to be settled by that time.
There are no two people we would so much like to see as you and Mrs. McCoy. Think you both are Mrs. Marshall’s choice of all she has seen of the Army.
With affectionate regards,
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: Frank R. McCoy Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. McCoy took command of the Seventh Corps Area, whose headquarters were in Omaha, Nebraska, on October 1, 1933. Marshall’s correspondence with MacArthur regarding the Chicago assignment has not been found. McCoy’s reply indicated that he returned the correspondence. (McCoy to Marshall, November 9, 1933, LC/F. R. McCoy 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. 406.