THE BRYAN-HAYES CORRESPONDENCE
EDITED BY E. W. WINKLER
BRYAN TO HAYES
Washington, Oct. 26th, '77.
On account of my niece I have been detained until tomorrow
morning. Had I thought that I could at any time today have
had a free talk with you, I should have gone to the Executive
Mansion for that purpose. Were I to remain here perhaps I
might serve you, for the extremists of your party will I fear com-
pel the admission of [W. P.] Kellogg, and from what I learn
will bring such pressure on you as to produce the appearances
that they control. Your friends voting for Kellogg will produce
the impression that you are for him. Such impression with
Southern minds will be unfortunate; it is for your interests as
well as for the country's that [H. M.] Spofford be admitted.
I thank you for what you have done for Austin, would that you
had appointed a Supreme Judge from a seceding State.
Efforts will be made to drag you into a War with Mexico;
avoid it if you can. We want no more territory and semi-barba-
rians now. We have enough of both. Write me sometimes. Send
me the letter of Ballinger I enclosed to you. I suppose you un-
derstood me when I wrote you that I would go to a Hotel and
not to your house; it was more on your account that I did it.
Sincerely as ever yours,
Guy M. Bryan.
P. S. Do keep on your course; the people are with you, and
will sustain you. I hear that certain persons of your party say
you are bound to yield, and they will control you yet. You can-
not now yield without disgrace; onward, right onward will make
your administration glorious, and second only to Washington's.
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 August 28, 2014.