The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 59
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the South, I venture to suggest: Be firm and true to your con-
victions (as expressed to me) and generous feelings in regard to
these States. Let nothing change you. It is only in this way
that you can bring about the "era of good feeling," and make
the people of both sections forget the incidents of the election.
I congratulate you my friend in being thus distinguished, and
with having the opportunity of doing so much good to your coun-
try, and transmitting your name to posterity along side of that
of Washington as patriot and sage, loving country more than
My last letter from you enclosed your photograph, and spoke
of emigration from Ohio to Texas, since then I have not heard
from you. Now, of course your time will be so much occupied
that longer intervals than ever must occur. I am prepared for
this. I only wish to know from you whether letters from me
will reach you as readily as heretofore?
As ever sincerely, your friend,
Guy M. Bryan.
BRYAN TO HAYES
Galveston, March 7, 1877.
I have read your Inaugural. It is in the spirit of '76, and is
what the Union required. I expected such sentiments from you.
God grant his aid to enable you to carry them out. I send you
enclosed the opinion of the News, one of the leading papers South,
and which warmly supported Tilden.
No one unless blinded by party can fail to see the great crisis
we have reached in our national history; and that continued mis-
government of one-half of the federal states by aliens, and by an
alienated central power, cannot prevail without involving all in
one common ruin.
Recognizing these as facts, and that intelligence, virtue, public
honor and honesty are the only basis on which good government
can rest, your administration "can only end in failure by hesi-
tancy and mistrust," for the people will be with and sustain you,
if you let the country understand and feel thoroughly that you
rely on the people, and not on party merely, for then the people
will control their servants, politicians will be forced to follow, and
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