The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 282
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ciated with Rutherford B. Hayes, in the same class at college, and
having every opportunity to know the intrinsic worth of the man.
Since that period of genuine friendship, these boys have grown
into ripe manhood, and have been honored by their respective
parties, by seats in Congress-the one from the frozen regions of
the North, the other from the Sunny South-they have held many
public positions and have creditably discharged the various duties
incumbent upon them; and now, after their long separation by
distance and by different political views, and the espousal of oppo-
site sides in the terrible war in which their respective sections
have been engaged, Hon. Guy M. Bryan pays what we call a manly
tribute to the worth of Governor Hayes. We sent to several of
our old Kenyon friends our brief notice and from a number we
have received letters expressive of like kindly feelings.
Without further prelude we invite attention to the estimate
placed upon Governor Hayes by a distinguished Democrat of
Texas, with whom politically we have always differed, but for
whom, as for many other opponents, we have cherished the kind-
est feelings. The selection of Hayes as a standard bearer would,
in our judgment, insure success, and give to the Nation a President
of proverbial honesty and integrity.
Galveston, April 18th, 1876.
Hon. A. B. Norton:
Dear Sir-I am indebted to your kindly feeling for the Intelli-
gencer of the 15th inst. containing your article on Gov. R. B. Hayes
& "Old Kenyon," the Alma Mater of each of us.
I have seen with much pleasure & satisfaction that Gov. Hayes
has been frequently mentioned by the press, & unanimously nom-
inated by the Republican Convention of Ohio for the Presidency
of the United States.
Although I am & have long been from principle a Democrat, &
expect to support & vote the Democratic ticket at the next presi-
dential election, yet I hope that Gov. Hayes will receive the nom-
ination of the Republican party, for if your party should be suc-
cessful, there is no distinguished member of it I would rather see
President than Rutherford B. Hayes, for I know him well, and
I believe that he is honest, that he is capable, & that he will be
faithful to the constitution. Having been in Congress four years
& Gov. of Ohio the third time, he has experience & is a statesman
of incorruptible integrity-besides being a genial & dignified gen-
tleman, a scholar, a sound lawyer & patriot-one who if elected
would be president for the whole country & not of a section. What
the South most needs is good local government, & one in the presi-
dential chair who will do all he can under the constitutions, fed-
eral & state, to promote it. I believe if elected Hayes will do this.
In addition to what I have said, I will add that he has of my
own knowledge a personal interest in our State. He spent the
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