The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 274
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
THE BRYAN-HAYES CORRESPONDENCE
EDITED BY E. W. WINKLER
HAYES TO BRYAN
Cin[cinnati] May 31st 1857
Hearty congratulations upon your nomination. I learned it
this moment and sincerely rejoice at your success. None of
your friends in Brazoria Co looked for the news from the Waco
convention more impatiently than I have. For two weeks I have
been a daily reader of the 'Delta,' Picayune & Bulletin-dry
papers which usually I scarcely glance at-hoping to hear from
the convention. Strangely enough it comes first in the New
York Tribune. New York is always ahead.
I have for sometime, in the feeble light I could get here, feared
that the chances were against you. I saw you were stronger
than either of your competitors-far stronger-but I feared as
often happens that all of them would combine against you as the
formidable candidate. Besides I feared from what I saw about
your opponent who resides at Galveston and the movements of
his friends that the lawyers would be likely to oppose you, or to
favor another, and as my profession in the 'rural districts' par-
ticularly, are all politicians I thought there was danger in that
direction. And so in my ignorance of the exact posture of
affairs I have conjured up a variety of causes which probably
had no existence but which might work your defeat. Worst of
all however I heard some days ago that Runnels was nominated
for Governor. No mention was made of Congressmen but I in-
ferred your defeat supposing that the candidate for Governor
was your old neighbor from Mississippi, and I thought that both
candidates would hardly be taken from the same County.
Well this is a long story to let you know how I am relieved
and delighted with this result. I feel as Birtie did the other
day about the Rhubarb pie. He could hardly be induced to taste
it. But on trying it was very fond of it burst out "I thought
I didn't like it-and I tried it-and I did like it-and then I
was so happy."
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