The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 53
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South thinks Tilden is elected. It is now not so much a ques-
tion as to the men, as who is elected; a great principle is now in-
volved-to inaugurate the one chosen. I believe you can rise
above self, above mere party, and place yourself alongside of the
patriots of the revolution. Again, in making the proposition it
should be made in a way so delicate, so direct and so unobjection-
able in every way that there could be no mistake or misconstruc-
tion given to the proposition. I would say from my point of view,
if I were you I would go and see Mr. Tilden myself, at a point
Sincerely your friend,
Guy M. Bryan.
P. S. The course pursued by all parties representing the fed-
eral government in the States of La., S. C., Fla., Miss., Ala.,
Georgia, N. C., Texas, Va., Ark., and other States of late years,
and especially this year in regard to the State governments in
the "doubtful States," and the election of President, must bring
our whole system of government into disrepute, if not contempt.
The Northern people think that if the blacks are not intimidated
by the whites that they would certainly vote for the Republicans.
Why? Because of their previous training by those who have had
control of them and the government of the Southern States?
Now, they can be controlled as the ignorant and careless can be
controlled in Northern States and everywhere by electioneering in-
fluences usually resorted to in times of exciting elections, and the
time will come when the negro vote will go with the Southern
white people, as a large vote of that class did go at the recent
elections. At the poll I voted on the 7th of Nov. last I know
that this was so, and I was never at a more quiet election in my
life. The great mistake made in relation to the negro is, that
most whites judge of and treat him in accordance with the stand-
ard of morals and intelligence they (the whites) have, whereas
he should be judged by his own standard and by comparison with
his own fellows. I have been dealing with them a great deal,
and I have learned this only after close attention, earnestly try-
ing for their good and mine to get along with them in the best
way on my plantation. Their intelligence is small and their
morals very low. That they may be improved I doubt not but it
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