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Autograph Letter Signed
1914 - PATTON, George S. Autograph Letter Signed. Pride's Crossing, [Massachusetts]: [August 1914]. One leaf of "Avalon, Pride's Crossing" stationery, folded once to make four pages, 5 by 6-3/4 inches, written on three pages. $6500.Revealing three-page autograph letter signed by 28-year-old Second Lieutenant George S. Patton, Jr., to his mother, telling her that retiring Army Chief of Staff Gen. Leonard Wood told him that if he is sent to Europe as an observer during the World War, he will take Patton with him. Noting that this information is a secret and should not be mentioned, he goes on to write that if General Wood does not go, "I will go any way for this may be the last war and I want to get in one at least."This letter, on "Avalon. Pride's Crossing" stationery to Patton's mother in San Gabriel, California, reads in full: "Dear Mama: As I suppose you are quite excited over my last letter I hasten to tell you that I have not left yet. I went to N.Y. Sunday and saw Gen. [Leonard] Wood and asked him about granting a leave he said it was possible but asked that I wait two weeks by that time he will know whether or not he is going as an observer and if he goes he will try to take me with him. The fact of his going and of his taking me are both secrets so do not mention them. "If he does not go I will go any way for this may be the last war and I want to get in one at least. I am going up to Conn Wed to act as G.W's aid at a little camp for two days. Maj. Marshall will be there. I have been playing polo and hunting so have had a fine time. All are well. With much love your devoted son, George S. Patton Jr."On September 23, 1913, Second Lieutenant George S. Patton, Jr. had reported to the Mounted Service School in Fort Riley, Kansas, where he became the school's first Master of the Sword. He designed and taught a course in swordsmanship while he was a student at the school until his graduation in June 1915. Avalon was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ayer, the parents of George S. Patton, Jr.'s wife Beatrice, in Pride's Crossing, a seaside village near Beverly Massachusetts. Between his terms in the Mounted Service School in Fort Riley, Kansas, as both student and top fencing instructor, Patton was visiting his in-laws.On July 1, 1914, Major General Leonard Wood, retiring as Chief of Staff of the Army, had assumed command of the Department of the East with headquarters on Governor's Island in New York harbor. The Hartford Courant reported on Friday, August 14, 1914, that Wood was on his way to Hampton, Connecticut, to a joint camp of instruction for cavalry. Faintest soiling and fold lines. Fine condition. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
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