THE BRYAN-HAYES CORRESPONDENCE
EDITED BY E. W. WINKLER
BRYAN TO HAYES.
Dear Rud: Galveston, Jan. 7, 1881.
On yesterday I received yours of the First of the Year. I
heartily respond by wishing "Smooth waters and bright skies"
to thee and thine, not only for the ensuing year, but for all time.
When you were writing me, and during the day receiving and
giving joyous greetings, I was sorrowing. For this period of the
year when so many are happy, mingling greetings of affection, or
friendship or acquaintance-my heart, with the memories of the
past, turns to the beloved one of my soul looking down from
Heaven. I am indeed glad that you can feel so near the close
of your administration such satisfaction as you express. I regret
that you were not permitted to remain four years longer. I hope
Gen'l Garfield will follow out your policy as you began, and will
not be under the influence of Conklin, Blaine, Cameron and Co.
I met Garfield twice when I was your guest, and once had some
conversation with him. I was pleased with him, and I do not
think that he is naturally harsh or vindictive, but if permitted to
carry out his own instincts and judgments, will not meddle with
home rule of the South, or cultivate Sectional animosity.
I thank you for what you say in regard to my brother. I think
his record in the P. O. Dept. will show a well managed office-as
good as any office of its size. It is of great necessity to him and
family. I did not know in my reply that I covered your meaning
when you asked for "facts" in regard to the Custom House here.
I meant to be disinterested, and to meet your inquiry whether I
did or not.
I am gratified that you noticed what I said in regard to Evans,
for you would make a mistake not to do so. Davis will make a
good officer I wrote you of the death of Col. Jack-His wife is
very sick and life despaired of. How much of sorrow in life. It
is more improving to man than prosperity-It ennobles many.
Your wife has cast a fragrance about the White I-House that will
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101087/. Accessed September 15, 2014.