The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 60
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patriotic statesmen irrespective of party will gladly support you.
Let Southern Congressmen and especially Senators know that you
want their cordial aid in bringing about the changes so much
needed for good government, and so much desired by the whole
country and especially their section. Pardon me for saying what
I have said for I did not intend to say so much.
Sincerely as ever, your friend, etc.,
Guy M. Bryan.
(Enclosure: Editorial of the Galveston News, March 6, 1877.)
The New President's Inaugural
Were the News more concerned for party than for country, it
would feel chagrined, disconcerted and almost dismayed at the
spirit and tenor of the new President's inaugural. In felicity of
phrase, pertinency of remark and liberality of utterance, the pres-
ent address has rarely been equaled in the series of our presiden-
tial speeches, and will not even suffer by comparison with the
famous inaugural of Thomas Jefferson on the 4th of March, 1801.
A large portion of the address is occupied with a restatement of
the views and a reannouncement of the pledges contained in Mr.
Hayes's letter of acceptance when nominated for President. Two
questions he discusses with especial emphasis-the South and
civil service reform. For the South he insists on honest, effective
and beneficial local self-government. He trusts that party ties
and race prejudices will give way to the work of restoring the
South on this basis. It is a question, he conceives, of government
or no government, of a social order or a return to barbarism.
"It is a question," he says, "in which every citizen of the nation
is deeply interested, and with respect to which we ought not to
be, in a partisan sense, either Republicans or Democrats, but fellow
citizens and fellow men, to whom the interests of a common coun-
try and a common humanity are dear." Regarding civil service
reform, the new President could not be more explicit and decided
in maintaining the doctrine that partisan service should not be
expected of public officers, that public officers owe their whole
service to the government and the people, and that appointments
should not be bestowed as rewards for partisan service or con-
trolled by Congressmen as personal perquisites. As both parties
committed themselves to this doctrine in the presidential canvass,
the inference is that its enforcement is demanded by the united
voice and will of the whole country. President Hayes, therefore,
may feel emboldened not only to reassert it in declaration but to
exemplify [it] in his future practice. He indicates the relations
which he proposes to hold towards the party to which he owes his
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