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To Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.
February [21?], 1924 Washington, D.C.
My dear Roosevelt:
I am not informed as to the essential facts in the present chaotic political mess, but it is my very genuine and sincere hope that your future career of public service will not, in any measure, be adversely effected by the customary prejudiced attacks of political opponents.1
There has been, it seems to me, too much talk of your name and too little said of your personal record as a patriotic and conspicuously courageous citizen.
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: T. Roosevelt Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. At this time Roosevelt’s name was being mentioned prominently as a possible Republican candidate for governor of New York. Some Republican politicians objected to his candidacy on the grounds that as assistant secretary of the navy, a position he had held since 1921, Roosevelt was implicated in the Teapot Dome scandal. On February 23, Roosevelt replied to Marshall that he was "in the unfortunate position this time of the innocent bystander on whom certain of the ‘bricks’ are falling and who cannot defend himself because to do so would hurt one of his friends." (LC/T. Roosevelt Papers.)
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), p. 256.