Southwestern Historical Quarterly
THE BRYAN-HAYES CORRESPONDENCE
EDITED BY E. W. WINKLER
BRYAN TO HAYES
Velasco, Brazoria County, Texas,
Dec. 16th, 1890.
My dear Rud:
I have just received yours of the 15th inst.52 I cannot tell you
how glad I am to get it and to hear from you. How often have
I wondered the cause of your long silence, which I intended to
break on Christmas day by sending you a loving letter as my gift.
"Old memories," yes, how they remind you and me of each other,
and the loved ones of long ago,-so many who have passed away.--
Your wife whom I dearly loved, your mother, sister and uncle,
and Mr. Platt. I am glad to know that you feel as you write
about your dear wife; it is a comfort to have such memories. I
can understand and appreciate them for I have the same for my
peerless wife. I am spending the winter in Quintana with my
son Willie's family, consisting of his wife and a bright three year
old boy. Willie is in Atlanta, Geo.; has been there for two months
for medical treatment; received a letter from him yesterday saying
that he was doing splendidly and would return cured. My daugh-
ters Laura and Hally are with me; both bright, intelligent, cul-
tivated women. Laura will be married in April to an intelligent
worthy gentleman of Washington, D. C., who has a situation in
the mining bureau. He is a Republican, the only objection to
him. Guy is a clerk in a hardware store, one of the finest fellows
of his age I know. He is 19 today, and has applied to the District
Court for removal of his disabilities as a minor.
My brother Joel is 75. I came down with him from his old
plantation (which you know so well) three days ago from spend-
ing his birthday with him. He is in splendid health, has five
grown sons, all of whom have large families-girls and boys.
Austin lives in Brenham. His wife has been dead nearly two
years. He has two sons by his first marriage, and four by his last
"Letter has not been found.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117142/. Accessed September 17, 2014.