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To Mrs. John C. Newton
October 21, 1938 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just finished reading your letter of October sixteenth, and I was greatly interested in all the news you had to give me, and very glad to learn that you are so comfortably and agreeably settled.
Now as to John’s detail to Leavenworth, as you know, the policy was announced the day before he arrived in Washington, and the chances for its modification this year are, I would say, exceedingly remote. I will keep close check on what is going on and see if there is any device by which he could be worked in.
But I would say this, back in 1921, I think, I personally got them to put an age limit on the War College. It then was a collection of old men of about my age, the majority over fifty. The policy announced was on the basis of none over forty-eight the first year, none over forty-seven the next year, and so on down for six years until forty-two was the limiting figure—or thereabouts. Now the point is, this has been changed any number of times, and they have gone up and down the scale, older and then younger; half and half, and then sixty of one and forty of the other. So do not be disheartened, and do not allow him to be depressed, because there is considerable water yet to go over the dam.1
I am writing this hastily.
With warm regards to you both, and to those lovely daughters of yours,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Major Newton had been a student at the Infantry School’s Company Officers’ Course, 1928-29. At this time he was forty-four years old and an instructor with the Ohio National Guard in Toledo.
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. 639-640.