THE BRYAN-HAYES CORRESPONDENCE
EDITED BY E. W. WINKLER
BRYAN TO HAYES
House of Representatives.
Austin, Texas, April 22nd/79
I have yours informing me of your intentions in regard to the
West Point appointment. On day after tomorrow we adjourn.
I shall be glad to return to see my children. I have never done
more work at any session of Legislature during my long experi-
ence. I am weary and need rest. I will write you again when
I know what I can do, perhaps declining the appointment. I
thank you my friend for your friendly motives and feelings in
giving me the position, but I now say to you with perfect frank-
ness I am so embarrassed financially that I can illy bear the ex-
penses incident to such a trip outside of the pay, etc. But I do
not wish to disturb your mind and will turn to other matters.
You say that Homan is charged with not being a Republican.
I think this entirely a mistake, he is so regarded by every one
of his party here, and certainly so regarded by me and all of the
Democrats that I have heard speak of him. He is, however, con-
servative and ran for Senator as an independent Republican, sup-
ported by the Republicans and Greenbackers to defeat the Demo-
cratic nominee. I have deemed it of interest to my State, and
as an act of justice to you to give information in regard to per-
sons who were applicants for office. I have never tried to de-
ceive you and never will. I have a deeper interest than I can
express, or you will ever know, in your personal success as Presi-
dent, and no temptation to serve friends would influence me to
recommend or suggest any one that would not in my opinion
make a good officer and give you strength with the people where
he would discharge his official duties. I wish you to regard this
statement as made in your interests and in the spirit of affection
that has so long characterized our intercourse.
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 December 18, 2014.