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To Major General George S. Simonds
July 1, 1937 Vancouver Barracks, Washington
Thank you for your nice note of June 26. I appreciate very much your thanks, and am glad to know that the Russian affair seemed to go off satisfactory to your desires. As a matter of fact, the matter of entertaining the Russian fliers was no trouble at all. The trouble was the simultaneous looking after the Russian ambassador and his party of five, and none less than 60 members of the press and radio, who were under our roof until late Sunday night—and the Ambassador of course was a house guest.
I found no difficulty in dealing with the radio people. They were most amenable. The reporters were as usual, but I long ago became familiar with them while traveling with General Pershing. The photographers were the ones that gave me gray hairs. In the interest of possible scoops, they of course tried to pull any stunt—trying to slip up stairs and photograph the fliers in bed etc., etc., and scrambling all over the plane the moment we relaxed. But however, we got through all right.
I am glad that you can find it possible to approve the Hudson Bay matter. I am in full agreement with the War Department in regard to chiseling in on Army posts, but this affair seemed to be justified.1 The fact was, I contemplated it even before I heard of the movement, but I was going to do it with salvage lumber.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Simonds had inclosed a copy of his indorsement approving Marshall’s request for the construction of a replica of the Old Hudson say Trading Post Simonds wrote: “I am not just sure how this will be received in the War Department. General Craig, as were his predecessors in office, is quite fed up with the continual chiseling in on Army reservations for all sorts of purposes throughout the Army of the United States. As a result of my tour of duty in the War Department, I cannot help but be quite in sympathy with their feeling. However, I think it is justified in this case and hope it goes through." (Simonds to Marshall, June 26, 1937, 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. 549-550.