The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 63
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agreeable to both of us I know, and would aid me in public affairs.
Think of it.
R. B. Hayes
BRYAN TO HAYES
Galveston, April 2nd, 1877.
Domestic affairs have prevented me from accepting your kind
invitation to visit you. The press and friends in this State have
been discussing my name in connection with office under you. I
wish you to know that this has been done without any agency of
The last office named is that of Minister to Mexico.87 There is
peculiar fitness in Texas having this appointment. Could you
properly tender this to me, permitting me to name the Secretary
'The following letter from Senator Maxey shows why Texans were in-
terested in his appointment:
Austin, Texas, April 6th, 1877.
His Excellency Rutherford B. Hayes, President,
Washington, D. C.
I am here in attendance on the State Supreme Court, now attended
by many of the able and influential men of the State, with whom I have
conferred freely, and although a Democrat I trust you will not deem
it obtrusive if I suggest for your most favorable consideration the name
of one of my personal and political friends and constituents who has been
highly and justly honored by the people of Texas, Hon. Guy M. Bryan,
for Minister to Mexico. It is in my judgment an appointment eminently
fit to be made, and which I beg to say I do recommend of my own motion,
and not at his suggestion. The State of Texas has a common interest
with the other States of the Union in a good selection. More than this,
she is the only State whose territory is contiguous to Mexico. The Rio
Grande problem is the most complicated and difficult of solution of any
with Mexico. I beg to refer you on this point to the Message of your
predecessor to the 1st Sess., 44th Cong.
Col. Bryan has spent his life from childhood to mature manhood in
Texas. He is intimately acquainted with this complicated question. The
Zona Libre in my judgment is a harbor for the worst elements. If this
can be removed I am sure it will require skill, and he could greatly aid.
I need not remind you that his illustrious uncle, Stephen F. Austin,
whose name is so dear to every Texan,-the founder of the Lone Star
Republic,-so demeaned himself in all his most important transactions
as to deserve and secure their confidence and esteem. Col. Bryan was
Speaker of the House of our Legislature, and was one of niy supporters
when I was elected. I have personal knowledge of his punctilious honor,
as well as his steadfastness of friendship. It is needless to add to what
I have said. More than by culture, life long association with good people
and large experience, he is, if appointed, the right man for the place.
S. B. Maxey.
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