The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 62
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
an old line Whig and a Kentuckian. He is also a Texian Veteran;
for intelligence, experience, cultivation and intellect as a merchant
he has not his superior in the State. Now he is old and needy,
and it would electrify this city, and send a thrill of pleasure and
confidence throughout Texas if you would give this able, good old
man the office of Collector of Customs for this place. He does
not dream of what I write nor does any one. If you would send
in his name with a little message saying, you know the name and
his fitness for the office, and therefore you appoint him as an old
Texian, an old Whig, an old lover of the Union and as one of the
most capable men in Texas, you would do a good thing and please
the best people of the South. Mr. Mills was a Union man until
Texas declared her position, he then went with his State, in feel-
ing, but was absent most of the time in Europe.
I write this for your information. I do not wish however to
embarrass you in such matters.
Let me my friend urge upon you for the sake of civilization,
humanity and good of the country an early recognition of the
Nicholls and Hampton governments in the States of La. and S. C.
Sincerely your friend,
Guy M. Bryan.
P. S. Your Uncle Birchard liked Mills very much and sent him
a kindly message by me when I laste parted with him in 1871.
Mills visited him at Fremont after your visit to Texas-You may
recollect the circumstances.
HAYES TO BRYAN
Washington, 13 March 1877
My dear Guy:
I have your letter of the 7th, and am glad you approve so far.
I have no time to write fully. The haste with which appointments
must now be made so as not to detain the Senate unreasonably
will lead to mistakes. To avoid these we shall go slowly and do
The family like the new home. We have room enough for a
few friends, and nothing would please me more than to have you
visit us. If you could spend a few weeks with me, it would be
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924, periodical, 1924; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101086/m1/68/: accessed April 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.