The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 62
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
misrule and oppression that we are liable to-and this is the
feeling of thousands, who would sell (if they could) all they
have for one third its value to get away from negroe rule. We
feel my friend that since the Surrender the Negroe has been the
special object of the government's protection, and the white
man the object of oppression. You will say that this is not so;
for argument's sake we will grant that it is not; yet if the action
of this government produces this effect in the minds of the white
people, it certainly must be open to objection in some of its de-
tails, and should be at least modified, for public opinion does
mean something, and sometimes is a true index. At least the
Northern mind ought not for mere party purposes be kept con-
stantly stirred up with distrust and hate, toward a vanquished
and impoverished people, too weak to resist, or even [to] turn
aside the shafts they shoot among them, wounding them in every
way. I write this to you in frankness and friendship, with the
hope it will induce you to think favorably of a once gallant and
proud people of your own blood--now humbled into the dust,
and ruled over by their former slaves.
Pardon this long letter, when I commenced I did not contem-
plate such an infliction. I hope that you will read and think
of it in the spirit in which it has been written.
Write to me in reply when you get my telegram to forward
my letters. I may drop in on you before I take my departure
for the South, but cannot promise. Sincere affection to your
wife and children.
Guy M. B.
BRYAN TO BIRCHARD
Toledo, 0., August 31, 1871.
IDear Mr. Birchard:
No one that I had letters to were in the city, except Young,
I hunted him up, and gave your letter to his son who made an
appointment for him which he did not fill. Brown being absent,
I struck out for myself. Introduced myself to Frank Hurd, who
behaved very differently from Mr. Y . . . did all for me he
could. I saw Mr. Pomeroy (land agent) who thinks he may do
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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/m1/68/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.