The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
BRYAN-HAYES CORRESPONDENCE, II
EDITED BY E. W. WINKLER
HAYES TO BRYAN
Cincinnati O. June 6th 1850.
Yours of the 10th, mailed the 18th, ult. I received this morn-
ing and shall begin a reply now as I hope to see this afternoon
some gentlemen who can tell me something about the characters
who are supposed to be connected with the Bank at Galveston.
Of course you are the better judge as to the wisdom of dividing
Texas into two or more states. What I wrote as to my wishes
in view of your personal prospects was penned on the supposition
that the division was a thing likely soon to occur, and one which
would be agreeable to the people of your State. If you deem the
measure bad you will oppose it, but if beaten, I would still keep
"my eye on the main chance."
I think you ask too much for your claims in New Mexico.
Don't haggle too much about price. Just now the North is good
humored and liberal and you should make the best bargain you
can, but make it now the first chance. There is no telling but
gold placers will be found there, and if so you will be swamped
by an influx of Northern workers such as crowded slavery out
of California. The cry of disunion is grown to be very senseless
and harmless. The thing is shown to be impossible. The border
states will not permit it. No man could live in political strife
[life?] anywhere along the line who would uphold the Nashville
Convention. It may be a good hobby further South and off
North but when [where?] the Division line is to be run the feel-
ing is in opposition to it.
Joe Lake's friends have not lost entire confidence in him even
since the failure of the Wooster Bank. He is a shrewd operator
and was regarded as a man of integrity until within a few years.
But he has had too many irons in the fire for safety-that is
perhaps his greatest fault. What is his connection with the Gal-
veston Bank, of course I do not know, but he is thought to have
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 21, 2014.