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To Major General Stanley D. Embick
October 17, 1938 [Washington, D.C.]
I appreciated your radio very much, though I knew I had your good will long before.1
Was just talking to Dunlap in the Club and he spoke of your going up to the recent air-ground maneuvers.2 I suppose you had to do this, but aren’t you making a very rapid start in the opposite direction to that restful period I counseled? I do hope you spread out and enjoy yourself in that gorgeous fall weather, which is particularly impressive around Asheville. Remember that is in the center of your command, just as Key West will be in the winter, and Biloxi.
Mrs. Marshall is charmed with the house, and I find it much more attractive than I had anticipated. The upstairs sitting room has made the greatest hit and evidently we are going to spend nine-tenths of our time there while we are in Washington, and I am not at the War Department.
We kept Henry until Saturday night and he left then at his own election, to accept a job at sixty dollars a month at the Soldiers’ Club or mess. We found him most satisfactory, a splendid cook, and very agreeable to have around. Molly was very much opposed to his leaving, and I think Henry would have stayed with the least encouragement. But Mrs. Marshall thought that he ought to take the higher wages offered. He may be back before many months go by—at least, he gave us that impression—and as he engaged and located in position our cook, I suppose he retains the right to dislocate the lady if necessary.
With warm regards to you both,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Embick’s radiogram said: “Delighted by the news of your designation as Deputy." (Embick to Marshall, October 15, 1938, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. The conversation that Marshall mentions presumably occurred in the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C., with Lieutenant Colonel Robert H. Dunlop (U.S.M.A., 1910), assistant chief of staff, G-1, Fourth corps Area. The maneuvers took place at Fort Bragg North Carolina.
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. 637-638.