The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 69
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country-the whole country. I believe him sagacious as well as
patriotic; and he knows that parties are not made or destroyed in
a day; that they are founded on questions and exigencies that arise
out of the interests, feelings and prejudices of the people; and that
the people align themselves according to the circumstances sur-
rounding and influencing them, and that as President of the coun-
try and not of a party he will serve the peoule of all parties best
by serving his country best. And in this effort I hope he will
receive the support of the united South; for I know that he is
sincere, and that his course in behalf of the South does not arise
from the presidential election trouble (for he is carrying out
views entertained by him long ago), or from any pledges made
by his friends at the time of that trouble.
My college friend, Hon. Stanly Matthews (in response to my
direct questions) recently assured me, at his home near Cincinnati,
that his efforts with Southern members of Congress to induce them
to support the decision of the Electoral Commission was entirely
on his own responsibility, without the authority of Mr. Hayes, and
that his assurances then given said members were based entirely
on his general knowledge of Hayes and his views, without any
authority from Hayes or intention on his part to bind him by these
assurances (no more than Mr. Hayes is now bound by what I say
I am satisfied that Hayes in that matter, as well as during the
whole presidential canvass, pursued a dignified, manly course, leav-
ing the management of the canvass and count entirely to those
to whom it belonged or who assumed control of it, without any
interference on his part, he having made up his mind to accept the
result, whatever it might be, and to act his part in a becoming
manner. When Congress decided that Mr. Hayes was President,
then, and not till then, did he step forward to the front. His
admirable inaugural was his first act. Since then right nobly has
he borne himself, carrying with him the approval and the hearts of
many of the best people, North and South, in his lofty patriotism
and statesmanship. I believe he can do, and will do, the South
more good than Mr. Tilden could have done in his place, for he
will carry with him and receive the support of the reasonable senti-
ment of his own and the Democratic party. Whereas Mr. Tilden
would have consolidated the Republican party against the South,
as well as against his administration, and kept up sectional agi-
tation, preparatory to the next presidential election.
Reporter: It is said that a great change is perceptible in the
moral, social and domestic atmosphere of the White House. [s
this borne out by your recent observations, and do you think that
the change is auspicious of an improved tone in the general man-
agement of national affairs?
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