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To Major General Frank R. McCoy
[August 28, 1936] Chicago, Illinois
Katherine and I got a great deal of satisfaction and a thrill out of your telephone call last evening. Your voices sounded so natural, so gracious and appealing, that it was almost as if you had been on the old divan in your oriental robes at 190 E. Chestnut. I deeply appreciated your congratulations,1 especially since there has been no one who has gone so far out of their way to advance my interests as you did. Your concern over my promotion was not only flattering to me, but it was a source of profound satisfaction. For, your endorsement or good opinion is the last word with me on people, events or things.
I do wish Katherine and I could be with you and Francis again. Don’t you need a brigadier at Governor’s Island—sort of a Chief Dockmaster, or Gentleman Manager of the Grounds? Katherine hardly returned from Canada late Wednesday evening to be greeted by the good news. K and I start east—by car—to Boston on the 6th or 7th, we will probably be at the Arts Club about the 12th; but I will send you word in advance of our arrival, as I want to be certain to see you.
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source, Frank R. McCoy Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. Marshall was notified on August 26 of his promotion to brigadier general—effective on October 1, 1936—which he observed was “a very pleasant finale to the maneuvers to me." (Marshall to DeJonge, September 1, 1936, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Illinois National Guard].)
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. 506-507.