The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 68
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Southwestern, Historical Quarterly
gether a few years longer she would have had few equals-this
is what I think, and so thinking, my sorrow is with me all the
time. But as you say, words are empty on such an occasion.
Give my love to you and yours. I have broken up housekeep-
ing, and I am living with Mr. and Mrs. Ballinger. My mother-
in-law Mrs. Jack and Mrs. Ballinger have my children and I
could not separate from them yet. My health is better but not
restored. Write to me often and I promise to be a more punc-
BRYAN TO HAYES
Galveston Oct. 9th 1872.
It has been a very long time since I heard from you, and I
fear that you have not received my last letter or I should cer-
tainly at least have had a word of remembrance. The last let-
ter I had from you was the one written on receipt of the intel-
ligence of the death of my wife. I shall never my dear friend
recover from that irreparable loss, and I again thank you and
your uncle for your affectionate sympathy.
My health is still feeble. I have a room at Ballinger's where
my children are with their Grandmother and Aunt. I have
four-my oldest boy in his 13th year, Willie; next a daughter
(Laura) eight years; the next a daughter in her fifth, this one
(Hally) is my pet; and my youngest nearly ten months old a
fine boy named for myself, Guy M. Bryan.
My children are well cared for, in this I am fortunately sit-
uated. How is your Uncle? I hope his health is no worse.
Give him my love, and tell him since my visit to him my affec-
tion for him is greater than when you and I were boys together
and with him smoked his Havanas on the greensward at Platt's.
May God preserve him for many years. What are you doing?
I saw a paper a few days since that said you were a candidate
for Congress in a new District, consequently I enclose this to
your uncle knowing that you will get it. How is Al Buttles
family ? Poor Al, how much I once loved him at College, and
how sincerely attached to him when I once more and for the
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