The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 244
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
and Brazoria counties met in their respective counties and cele-
brated the day, declaring that now, under the present administra-
tion, they had the heart and hope to do this, for the first time
since the close of the war. From this you see that your efforts
"to make this people indeed one people" are appreciated here. I
have never faltered in sustaining you but have been doing every-
thing I could to help you. I read of your receptions in New
England, and I was glad to see and learn from you that they were
cordial and from the best people. I notice what you say about
"mistakes in details, in appointment, removals," etc. This is nat-
ural. Can't be avoided entirely, but, surrounded as your position
is with the peculiar atmosphere of Washington, it would be re-
markable if you did not at times make mistakes, (and I do not
say this from recollection of the Story of Gil Bias and the Bishop).
The fact that you see, feel and admit errors is the best evidence
that you are on the safe road. Would that all those about you
were disinterested, patriotic, and experinced, and valued good of
country, and the success of your principles paramount, but per-
haps this is too much even to hope for.
I notice in N. Y. Herald that you have decided to appoint Hunt
(but I do not believe the report); his domestic character is
tarnished; he had to resort to a Louisiana Legislature since the
war to relieve and whitewash him from this reproach. If ap-
pointed his presence on the Bench would be felt by the whole
Court as disagreeable.
I am forced at times to give letters to you when I would prefer
not to. Recently I gave Gen'l Bowers a letter asking your favor
on its merits to the proposition he bore in regard to a railroad
to Rio Grande. Remember I once said to you about such letters
"when I say to you a man has my confidence you can then trust
him fully"; this was not said in the letter Bowers bore; and
whenever I don't use that word I intentionally omit it, for I will
act towards you as faithfully as I would to one of my brothers. I
will not mislead you for any consideration or for the personal
benefit of any one. A friend of Rogers recently applied to me
for a letter. I declined giving it, but because Rogers requested
him to call on me, I endorsed his application (for appointment to
the marshalship of Eastern District of Texas), saying some of
the signers were eminent, etc. I did not know the person and
never heard of him before; he said he was from Ohio. Gov. Davis
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924, periodical, 1924; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101086/m1/250/: accessed December 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.