Southwestern Historical Quarterly
THE BRYAN-HAYES CORRESPONDENCE
EDITED BY E. W. WINKLER
BRYAN TO HAYES
Galveston, June 24th, 1877.
I enclose an opinion of Gov. E. M. Pease given in response to
my request for the benefit of my special friend. I notice what
you say in regard to the latter in your favor of the 13th inst.
When you told me that the appointment would be given to a purely
Southern man, and that it rested between Ballinger and Hunt, I
felt satisfied your choice must fall on the former on account of his
superiority over the latter, and from his eminent fitness for the
place. I did not expect however an early announcement of your
choice from what you then said, but as you have voluntarily re-
ferred to it, I am induced to say to you, that as soon as you can
privately remove the suspense, it would be very satisfying to me
for you to do so. I understand that the leading Republicans of
the legal profession of this State have given recommendations in
favor of Ballinger except Gov. Davis, who is absent. Should you
see him, I hope you will catechise him about Ballinger. Should
you appoint Judge B. you will have near you a friend worth
I wish now to say briefly a word or two in behalf of Gov. Pease.
I do this without the knowledge or prompting of any one. Gov.
Pease is the most deserving of notice among the Republicans of
this State, being first in character, capacity and identification with
the true interests of the country. If you could call his services
into requisition, I feel sure that in administration and finance
there is no situation to which you could appoint him that would
not be well filled; for he. i able, honest and faithful, possessing
thorough business habits and untiring industry, and with large
experience in public affairs. He is now conducting a National
Bank at Austin. He is a liberal Republican and thoroughly iden-
tified from long residence and large property with Texas.
Sincerely your friend,
Guy M. Bryan.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101086/. Accessed February 28, 2015.