The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 54
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will be slowly, very slowly, so slow that teachers and especially
politicians will become disgusted, and this disgust will be event-
ually strongest with Northern people. The true solution of this
question in my humble judgment is, to leave the negro with the
whites of the South, who have all the responsibility and conse-
quences of his conduct good or bad upon them. I know as well
as I know anything that the character of the negro South is not
known by the Northern people. You cannot form an opinion from
the few raised and educated among you.
G. M. B.
(Enclosure: Bryan to Maxey, undated)
Hon. S. B. Maxey
My dear Sir
I have seen this morning in a leader of the News reference to
your hearty response to the declaration made by Senator Sher-
man in regard to the course that would be pursued by Gov Hayes
when it was clearly ascertained how the people of the States of
La., S. C. & Florida had truly cast their votes. This is the only
course for the settlement of the Presidential trouble, & a safe
passage through the grave crisis & trial to our form of govern-
ment. Any other is attendant with danger now & greater danger
I thank you for this cordial response, to the utterances of the
personal friend of Hayes, & to the Senator from Ohio. Party
now should be subservient to the true interests of the Country &
to the perpetuity of the government made by our fathers.
Hayes & I have been intimate friends from our youth, have
corresponded as such from that time to this. If he does not now
act manly, honorably & patriotically he will act contrary to his
nature & to all his past record with me. I have received many
letters from him since he was nominated for Governor against
Allen. He knows well my position--that while I am true to our
friendship I am true to my party principles, to my section & to
my country, that while I was glad he was nominated for the
Presidency that he might be distinguished, & if successful be-
lieve him the best man in his party for the South and country,
yet that I voted for and desired the election of Mr. Tilden, be-
cause I believed in him the weary, worried & wasted South would
have the best chance for relief, and the country the best oppor-
tunities of recovering what it had departed from, government
under the Constitution.
I believe Hayes & Tilden could settle this question themselves
if it becomes more difficult of solution from party feeling, pro-
vided that Tilden as a man is the equal of Hayes. I know the
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