The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 275
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There is I take it no doubt of your election. Now get mar-
ried, and you are fairly on the road both to distinction and what
is better happiness.
I don't want to have your labors increased by writing to me,
but send me some paper containing the ballotings in your Con-
vention, and after the election the returns. Your Democrat &
Planter is very deficient in these details, figures &c though quite
interesting in the main.
Regards to all- As ever R. B. Hayes
P. S. Ordinarily Cincinnati Congressmen are not men that
you would care to associate with, But in the next Congress we
send two able honorable gentlemen-men superior in all esti-
mable qualities to either of our Senators. My only objection to
them is that they agree with you in general politics.
BRYAN TO HAYES
Gulf Prairie P. O. Brazoria Co
June 15th 57
Yours of 31st ult was recd on yesterday evening & I hasten
to answer it.
I thank you my friend for your congratulations, may your
predictions & hopes as to the future be realized.
You desire to know the ballotings in the Convention. I will
give them. There were 33 ballots.
On the first I stood 30; [Hamilton P.] Bee, [of Webb County,]
25; [M. M.] Potter, [of Galveston County,] 16; [A. P.] Wiley,
[of Walker County,] 15.
2nd Ballot I got 31, Bee 25, Potter 16, Wiley 15.
My positive strength was 31, Bee 25, Potter 16, Wiley 15. I
was the second choice of a majority of the Delegates voting for
Had it not been that the State Convention met at the same
time & place with the District Convention I should have recd a
large majority on the first ballot. But the friends of the State
I"The original of this letter, folded and addressed, is among the Bryan
papers. The copyist did not find it in the Hayes papers. Perhaps,
through an oversight it was never mailed.
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