The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 162
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honest and economical administration of government and civil
reform, and that an iron hand should be laid on all kinds of official
corruption. In short, so speak as to convince the country that
you are honest, and would have an honest administration. The
people hunger after good government, and the man that impresses
himself upon them as endowed with the qualifications that would
give such government, will be the strongest for the Presidency.
Tilden in New York has obtained great character for his attacks
on stealing rings. I do not know enough of your affairs in Ohio
to say whether you can make similar efforts, but if you can, do
not fail to make the most of the opportunity.
These points properly presented by you in connection with the
broad anti-sectional-national views, which I hope you will take
in your inaugural, will be ten strikes for you.
Of course I say these things sincerely for your advantage, on
account of my personal regard and interest in your future. I make
them from my standpoint, and from what I know and believe to
be the leading ideas that would move the thinking masses of our
I need not say here that I am Democratic from principle; prin-
ciples not names govern me. Good government is what is needed
throughout the country, and especially important to the South;
bad government has prostrated not only her national interests but
has greatly effected society itself. You have a great field before
you, think and act wisely in reference thereto.
I have noticed your reply to some one writing from Philadelphia
to know whether you are a candidate, etc. I admire your epi-
Sincere regards to your wife and children and to Platt.
Guy M. Bryan.
P. S. Send me several copies of your inaugural. Our Conven-
tion has adjourned but has failed in making an acceptable Con-
stitution. It may however be adopted by the people, as all the
officers under it are to be elected at same time. The people vote
for or against it. Ballinger was in the Convention but voted
against adopting the Constitution when it was as a whole sub-
mitted to the Convention for its final vote.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923, periodical, 1923; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101084/m1/168/: accessed February 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.