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remarked to me a few days since that you spoke to him of my
brother Austin in connection with this appointment. I simply
remarked that I had not heard of it, but no better man than
Austin Bryan lived in Texas; he said that he would be satisfied
with his appointment, etc.
I notice the Jesuitical course of Blaine. He strives to raise
a storm against you and then with adroit hypocrisy endeavors
apparently to allay it. You are steadily growing stronger and
stronger in the South, and you are strong in Texas. You could
most effectively advance your policy in the South, and bring the
latter to support your administration by appointment of South-
ern Democrats (good men) to office. By so doing you place
yourself in accord with the intelligence, virtue and property of
this section, and these virtues (except property) are rarely met
with in the "Radical" office-holders at the South. Permit me to
suggest to you, that in your message (with carefully considered
words) you separate yourself from Packard by placing your title
to the Presidency on the action of Congress, and that by this
action you were left no option as to your course but to abide and
carry out the decision of Congress. For it cannot be denied that
thousands in the North and a majority at the South think you
were not elected. By this course you dispose of the Packard
question, at least separate yourself from him, and place clearly
before the minds of fair minded men of all parties a proper
division of th.e question. I think this is needed, and that the
time to do it is in your first message. You may think differently;
if so take my suggestion as meant kindly and for your benefit, and
as coming from a true friend, not thinking of self but of you and
As ever sincerely,
G. M. B.
BRYAN TO HAYES
Galveston, Sept. 10th, 1877.
I shall leave here with my oldest daughter to place her at
Hollins Institute near Salem, Va., at opening of the school. I
shall be at Salem on the 18th & 19th proximo (and may go to
Richmond and meet you there). I would go by Louisville to
attend your reception there but for the additional expense; (the
same reason that prevents me from accepting your two kind invi-
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