The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 66
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
of the Anglo-American to diffuse and perpetuate free and liberal
institutions. Your people were wise in making this a solemn
State pageant. But for the handful of hardy men who followed
the fortunes of the Austins into the wilderness and struggled with
savage foes to people your fair land and to plant the seeds of a
nobler civilization, who will be bold enough to say what would
have been the destiny of the American Republic. Looking at it
now in all its splendor, spanning a continent, with tributes from
both oceans, of the whole world's productions, is it too much to
affirm that to the wisdom, the fortitude, the self-reliance of the
Spartan band of Stephen F. Austin's 300 the Grand Republic
stands today your great debtor for much of the grandeur and
prosperity. I wish you joy and success in your celebration of
It was not my chief purpose in commencing this to revert to the
memories of the day. The coincidence was wholly accidental. I
had been thinking for weeks past to extend to you my congratu-
lations for your firm faith in Hayes' fidelity to honor, to truth
and the noblest sentiments of American patriotism. Let his claims
rest on no higher titles than his achievements in Louisiana and
Carolina and he stands today on a pinnacle as glorious, in view of
the past, as those who founded the Republic. He has sunk Party
in the general good of the whole country, and by offering himself
as the sacrifice will become the pivot on which the Government
will turn into a new Epoch. I know you must feel great satis-
faction in your trust in the virtues of your friend.
I again find myself wandering away from my purpose in writing
It is simply to ask a favor, unusual and unprecedented per-
haps, but it is to solicit in your correspondence with Hayes a con-
sideration, in distributing Federal patronage, for Judge Gayarre,
the historiographer of Louisiana. The Judge has ever been a Dem-
ocrat in political faith, but never a partisan. He has always
exercised the right of private judgment and would only sanction
the actions of his party, when in his opinion it was right. For
this spirit of independence he lost his position, I am sorry to say,
as Reporter to the Supreme Court of the State under the Nicholls
administration. He is poor, having spent the greater portion of
his patrimony abroad, while investigating the French and Spanish
archives, in the composition of his History. The work is credit-
able to his scholarship and has been welcomed by Bancroft as a
meritorious contribution to our historical literature.
Having heard thro myself of your confiding trust in Hayes'
character as a man whom the American people will honor before
the close of his term, he sent to ask me thro his wife, if any op-
portunity should occur for the mentioning of his name as an old
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