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have been the outgrowth of any understanding or "bargain" im-
plied in the assurances of Messrs. Matthews and Foster to Southern
Congressmen, Lamar and others.
Col. Bryan: More than a year ago, in a letter to Hon. A. B.
Norton, I said that if Mr. Hayes was elected he would be the
President of this whole country and not of a section; and that he
would gain the confidence of the South as well as of the North;
and that if any one in the Republican party could bring about an
era of good feeling in politics it was R. B. Hayes. These opinions
were based on my personal knowledge of his character, and from
his sentiments expressed to me at his house in Columbus, Ohio,
in the summer of 1871, and again and again in his private letters
to me long before he thought of becoming a candidate for the
presidency. He said to me by letter, when he was nominated for
Governor of Ohio the third time, that he should conduct the can-
vass free from sectional agitation, and that it would be his earnest
effort to get rid entirely of such agitation, for we were now citi-
zens of a common country, and should know no North and no
South, and that he should so act as to influence doing away with
the bitterness and heart-burning consequent upon the war. My
recent visit to Mr. Hayes has confirmed me in the views I then
expressed, and in my confidence in him; for I am convinced he
meant what he said to me. What he said in his letter of accept-
ance and in his inaugural in regard to the South-they were not
empty platitudes. He is sincere, firm, conscientious, and is de-
termined to carry out his Southern policy because he thinks it is
right, and that it is for the good of both races and the good of
the country. He believes, too, that the history of Great Britain
furnishes an example that should teach the statesmen of this coun-
try a practical lesson that they should profit by; for notwithstand-
ing the wars and hatred between the English and Scotch, after
receiving the treatment of justice and equality from the English,
the Scotch have become the most loyal subjects of the British
crown. Not so, however, with the Irish, who were governed by
the bayonet and aliens in office (growing out of fears, on the part
of the English, similar to those expressed by Morton, Blaine and
Butler of the Southern people), and today the Irish hate the Eng-
lish and their government. Mr. Hayes has all the courage, deter-
mination and ability to achieve success; he will persevere, because
he knows he is right, and is free from temptation, for he volun-
tarily declared he would not be a candidate for re-election, in
order that he might be free and independent to discharge his whole
duty. But I do not believe that President Hayes intends to de-
stroy the Republican party and attempt the erection of a new one
on its ruins. I believe in his patriotism and high integrity, in his
undivided purpose to make the administration a benefit to the
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