The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 102
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Hayes's inauguration [says Colonel Bryan] he wrote me to come
to Washington that I could 'help him,' which I did and was his
guest at the White House for over three weeks-during the settle-
ment of the Louisisana and South Carolina Legislative difficulties.
When I left he told me I had been of great service to him and
that much of his kindly feeling toward the South was due to me.""
Testimony to the same effect is borne by President Hayes's most
recent biographer, Mr. Williams; he writes:
Of all Hayes's friendships that of longest duration was the one
formed in college days with his classmate, Guy M. Bryan, of Texas.
It was an instance of the strong attraction of opposites. Mr. Hayes
was a typical Northerner; Mr. Bryan, a typical Southron. Each
was intensely loyal to the traditions of his section. But each al-
ways strove to understand the other's point of view and not to
allow his judgment to be swayed by mere prejudice. Constant
correspondence was kept up between the two throughout their lives,
except during the period of the* war, when they were fighting for
their convictions on opposite sides." Soon after the dawn of peace
they found each other again and renewed their interchange of
views. Mr. Bryan, who was a Democratic leader in his State, let
the Texans know through the press his high estimate of Mr.
Hayes's character and principles when he was nominated for the
Presidency; he thought, indeed, it would not be a bad idea for
the Democrats to second the nomination-he had such confidence
in the patriotic purposes and especially the good intentions of his
friend toward the South. It is very probable that Mr. Bryan's
letters, which were full and diffusive, discussing all phases of the
Southern question, the condition of the two races and their mutual
relations, were among the influences that determined Mr. Hayes's
attitude of mind toward all things Southern.'
'At Camp Green Meadows, West Virginia, July 18, 1862, Colonel Hays
wrote in his diary: "After drill a fine concert of the glee club of Com-
pany A. As they sang 'That Good Old Word Good-bye' I thought of
the pleasant circle that used to sing it on Gulf Prairie, Brazoria Coast
[Countyl, Texas. And now so broken. And 'my classmate and friend,
Guy M. Bryan-where is he? In the Rebel army! As honorable and
true as ever, but a Rebel! What strange and sad things this war pro-
duces! But he is true and patriotic wherever he is. Success to him
OWilliams, The Life of Rutherford Birchard Hayes, 423.
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