The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 65
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been in the ascendancy from right and not fraud. As it is, the
course pursued has been to destroy the party and demoralize the
people-white as well as black. I say this, that it may have
effect. Let me beg of you, now that you are retiring, strike one
good blow for right and the South. Make a record that will tell
for you in the future, with the country, as well as the people
of the South. Clark has no more right to the seat in Congress
than McCook has to that of Gov of Ohio, and yet you could,
were you disposed by fraud &c to give a certificate to McCook.
My (above) remarks however are not based upon this transac-
tion only, but upon the rule of action adopted in this State and
others by those who call themselves Republicans, and are per-
mitted to affiliate with you and other gentlemen of your party,
and rule and enslave the Southern people. With the government
as administered in the South despotism is the favorite and cher-
ished agent. Republicanism is but another name for despotism.
I fear our people are becoming disgusted with the popular form
of government, and the effect is to prepare them for any other
form of government than the present one. I do not mean by
this that they are rebellious, or have any such thoughts; no, they
have been enslaved and impoverished until they are becoming
indifferent, willing to take anything that will rid them of the
present incumbrances. This is a sad picture, but it is a true
one. Texas is better off than any of the [other] "Rebel States,"
and yet this picture is not overdrawn for Texas. Great God,
why will your party not see and heed when the plain truths are
before them. Do not think me prejudiced-no I am conserve-
tive and I wish good government, under the constitutions and
laws of the Federal and State governments. I did not use the
letters I got from you and your Uncle and made no sales of
land. I am disgusted with the condition of things of the South
and will sell out cheap if I could do so. My lands are among
the best, but I am getting old and infirm, and I am tired of
waiting for better times. If you know of capitalists who would
invest, and have confidence in the future I will "sell out cheap."
Give my love to your wife and children, your nieces whom I met
at your Uncle's.
Guy M. Bryan.
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