The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 306
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
BRYAN TO MGRS. HAYES
Galveston, Nov. 10, '77.
My dear Mrs. Hayes:
I have been requested to call the attention of the President to
the subject treated of in the enclosed slip taken from the Courier
Journal of Louisville, Ky. You are the Representative of the
women of our country, and to you I confide their advocacy with
the President-to insert a sentence in his regular message on the
subject of their education as proposed-if it meets with your and
When I last called on you, greeting me with your usual cordial
manner, you said, "I asked Rutherford yesterday what has be-
come of our old friend, surely he has not deserted us in the day of
our trials," etc., etc. This expression again and again has
sounded in my ears, until it moves me to say, Deserted my old
friend. No, as soon would I think of deserting my own brothers
(Joel and Austin) as disregarding the claims of a friendship
that has continued unbroken for so many years, that commenced
39 years ago in the "Juvenal period of life, when friendships are
formed and habits established that will stick by one." Surely a
friendship that the storms of civil war, and the measures of re-
construction could not weaken, cannot now be deserted by me,
because that friend is President, and as such sometimes may
differ with me in his policy, and that difference cannot he much
when the President in the spirit of Washington stands with out-
stretched arms, holding in his hands the Constitution of his coun-
try imploring his countrymen to heed "that he serves his party
best who serves his country best," and warns them in the most
solemn noble manner of the baneful effects of the spirit of party
generally, when "it serves to distract the public administration,
and agitates the community with ill founded jealousies and false
alarms, and kindles the animosity of one part against another-
a fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to pre-
vent it bursting into a flame lest instead of warming it should
consume." He is today strong in the hearts of the people and I
hope he will regard the fact that he is the President of both
parties and not of one, and as the President of the country will
march fearlessly onward; this is his only role for true success, and
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/312/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.