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To Major General Roy D. Keehn
January 24, 1938 Vancouver Barracks, Washington
I want you to know that I greatly appreciated your fine telegram. You were a very generous friend, and I derive a great deal of satisfaction from the warmth of your expressions.
We had a delightful Christmas, with a houseful, lovely weather, and a great deal to do. Immediately after New Years Mrs. Marshall and I went off on an inspection trip along the coast. All the Steelhead fishermen were in action for the winter run. We stopped for four days at a winter house party organized at a Seaside cottage by one of our Portland friends. We had a great time, and then I made some more inspections on my way back.
We are off this morning for Timberline Lodge—the WPA prodigal financial splash—8000 feet up on Mt. Hood. I am not going to try any skiing, merely going to enjoy the gorgeous winter scenery. The place is so convenient, that we can have lunch there and be back here before dinner.
I have been making entirely too many speeches lately, but there has been so little contact in the past between the Post and the people of Portland and other points in the State of Oregon, that I found it my duty to accept a great many invitations which involved talking for my supper. Eventually I will get my foot off the base, but I hope to cool down on this business before that occurs.
With warmest regards,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
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. 576-577.