To Leo A. Farrell
March 26, 1938 Vancouver Barracks, Washington
My dear Farrell:
I found your letter on my return from an inspection trip down the coast, and as usual I was very much surprised—surprised to hear from you and more surprised by the subject of your note.1 You and your expressions of good will, or evidences of your good deeds, always pop up in the most unexpected fashion after long silences. This last calm discussion of my being considered as a possible chief of staff, quite tops the lot. My worries have not been over that exalted office, but rather over the more prosaic problem of how-to-get-to-be a major general before I am too old or too junior in rank to amount to much of anything.
General Craig intimated to me while I was in Washington for two days recently, that I would be brought there to head the War Plans Division of the staff and I have been trying to compose myself to the loss of a dukedom out here in the magnificient northwest. I do wish you could come west before I am moved away. I would love to show you this CCC empire of mine and the magnificient scenery in which it is set. Not to mention the fascination of trying to do something constructive for these young boys. I have several thousand from the southeast—many from Georgia—and I am struggling to force their education, academic or vocational, to the point where they will be on the road to really useful citizenship by the time they return to their homes. I have done over my corps of civilian educators, and their methods, until I think we really have something supremely practical. To me it has been a fascinating side line, though it really takes the major portion of my time.
I spent a week with General Pershing at Tucson, lived in the Sanatorium cottage with him, and left only when his secretary arrived from Washington and Warren’s fiance arrived from Palm Beach. The cottage was getting rather full, and it seemed to me that the possible excitement of some many different people looking in on the General might not be conducive to the complete rest and absence of emotional strain the doctors desired. So I came home. He was improving steadily and had reached the point of enjoying a good laugh. A remarkable recovery.
Thanks for your letter and kindly interest in my welfare. I will look forward to seeing you.
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: Leo A. Farrell Papers, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Author-typed letter signed.
1. Farrell’s letter to Marshall was not found in the Marshall 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), pp. 585–586.