The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922

The Bryan-Hayes Correspondence

BRYAN TO IIAYES
Peach Point near Brazoria, Texas
January 2 1st 1843
My Dear & truly beloved friend
When e're the mind reverts to my College days (& that is oft-
most often) you stand the first- the prominent one in the minds
eye. Rud, there is nought in this wide world I would not give
once more to see & converse with thee & thine. You are to me
the chosen one of all my friends & I shall ever cherish you as such
in the most sacred chambers of my heart. There are two other
cells (of the heart) "garnished & kept clean" for Albert & Nichols,
but yours is number (1) one & such shall ever be.
I have thought it a little strange that I have not recd a line
from you since we parted at Dayton, but I presume you have writ-
ten & from some cause I have not yet recd your letters or you may
not have written at all. Be that as it may my confidence in you
is not altered a jot, for I know you are no "sunshiny friend," but
true as steel,--the embodiment of noble constant friendship &
of every manly virtue. I wrote you twice since I have returned
& once on the Mississippi & once on the Ohio rivers.
I am much pleased, yea delighted with my country as far as
fertility, climate, products, beauty, &c is concerned. It is one of
the finest countries in the world. It is now the 21st of Jan &
every thing betokens spring, the ploughs running, seeds planting,
hens cackling, geese screaming, trees budding, all things vegetat-
ing. I sometimes feel as if I were in an enchanted land, so strange
& unusual does everything appear around me. We have not had
during the whole of this winter a single day that you would call
cold in the north. Neither is the weather warm, but of delightful
medium. The only objection I have to find with the winters here,
is that the temperature is sometimes too variable in consequence
of the wind chopping around to the north producing what is here
called "northers," during the prevalence of which we have our
cold weather, which does not last for more than a day or two at a
time. The lands on the rivers are remarkably fertile & well tim-
bered; the timber extends from a mile and one-half to twenty miles
in width, sometimes much wider where the timber of several streams
intersect or unite. The forest in many portions of the country is

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101082/. Accessed September 19, 2014.