The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 61
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hear from me again. I am sorry to trouble you so much on this
little matter, but to me it is one of importance, as it is the way
I hear from wife and children. (I got a letter here from them,
I read your speech at Zanesville, and I was satisfied with its
temper and course of argument. I have run over Noyes,' De-
lano's and Sherman's. I object seriously to the spirit found in
all of them,-to keep alive the animosities of the war, in the
hearts of their hearers. Dear Rud, if you find it necessary in
your future speeches to touch on kindred subjects, don't, I beg
of you, speak in temper and language to keep alive the preju-
dices, and feelings engendered by the war and its results. I ask
this as a friend. I ask, too, that you will except, by name Texas,
from the denunciation passed upon the South by the others when
they speak of the "Ku Klux," and I ask you, to request them
to do so in the future, for such language injures my State and
prevents persons from emigrating to it. I assure you on my
word of honor, if such an organization exists in Texas, I do not
know it, and if it did, I think I certainly would know it. Such
expressions as-"There is safety among them for the life and
property of no man who was loyal to the government during the
rebellion," etc, etc Noyes "And the rebellion and treasonable in-
tent of the followers of Jefferson Davis," etc. Delano, "That you
are filled with that jealousy which springs from a knowledge of
your inferiority, threatens a future war, and says the rebel cause
will still succeed," etc, etc, Sherman, with many others like
them, fire the heart of bitterness, and keep alive feelings of hate,
and the desire for acts, which the people of the South regard as-
oppressive and undeserved, and as evidencing continued hostil-
ity to them, in spite of every effort they make for reconcilliation
and obedience to law, (no matter how objectionable the laws may
be, with the hope that their submission will eventually be appre-
ciated). People weary of continued self control, self abnegation
and self sacrifice, if all their efforts are constantly turned back
upon them as evidences of cunning, hypocracy and deceit. You
cannot know how much we have suffered and do suffer from in-
justice in every way. For instance I earnestly desire to sell all
my property at one third its value to get out of the way of the
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