The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 61
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election by saying that a President should remember that "he
serves his party best who serves his country best." Too often
the proposition has been transposed to read, "he serves his country
best who serves his party best," and the new President must prove
to be a man of great mind, indeed, and of marvelous courage and
firmness, if he does not allow his practice, under the pressure of
party, to lapse into such a transposition. The last part of the
inaugural refers to the circumstances and method of the adjudi-
cation of the presidency to Mr. Hayes. Seldom has a delicate and
unpleasant subject been touched with greater tact and in better
temper. As the arbitrating commission declined to go behind the
returns, the President made by its findings does not presume to
go behind the arbitration. The decisions of the commission "hav-
ing been patiently waited for and accepted as legally conclusive
by the general judgment of the public," he accepts the result in
common with the public, without venturing an opinion as to the
wisdom of the process by which it was reached and as to the facts
and the law touching the matter in dispute. All good citizens
will unite with him in the congratulation that the country, in the
peaceable settlement of the late controversy, has given the world
the first example in history of a great republic, in the midst of
parties contending for power, compelling party tumults to yield
the issue to adjustment according to the forms of law. For the
rest, let us take the new President at his word until he belies it
by his acts, hoping, for the sake of the country, that he will be
faithful to his pledges and will make a salutary administration.
BRYAN TO HAYES
Private. Galveston, March 13, 1877.
I have been beset for recommendations to you for office. I have
declined recommending any one. But I wish to give you infor-
mation upon which you can act or not as you see proper.
When you visited Texas you recollect I introduced you to Robert
Mills, living in the town of Brazoria (at his home we met Victor,
the crazy man). Mr. Mills then was wealthy, and not long after
you saw him removed to this city, and became the largest and
most influential merchant in the State, and so continued up to
the war. He was largely interested in sugar and cotton planta-
tions and had about 800 negroes emancipated. He struggled on
in this business until a few years since when he gave up every-
thing to his creditors and now is very poor, working like a clerk
for his daily bread. He was opposed to secession, a Union man,
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