The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 72
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
tional obligation and patriotic duty-let it be commonly under-
stood withal that the Southern policy means nothing in the nature
of sectional concession and discrimination, but means simple jus-
tice and the application of commonly recognized principles of gov-
ernment in the interest of peace and satisfaction for the whole
country-and Morton's malignant and subtle scheme for turning
this policy to the purpose of reconsolidating his party on a North-
ern basis for political war upon a weaker section will have the
whole ground cut from under it and must experience shame and
discomfiture. In this way it is to be hoped that Hon. Guy M.
Bryan's important testimony regarding the President's views and
sentiments, given from the standpoint of an old and intimate per-
sonal friend, though a Southerner and a Democrat, will contribute
to the confusion of Morton and all former fomenters of sectional
and morbid politics.
BRYAN TO HAYES
Galveston, June 6th, 1877.
When I said farewell to you at Washington I said I would aid
you in every way I could. I have not faltered in that direction.
I sent you report of the Galveston News, hope you read it, and
approved? Let me make to you suggestions-take them in good
part, for they are from a true friend and not a flatterer. First,
tender Geo. Jones, of Cincinnati, a situation the first opportunity
that offers; he would feel better and so would you. My visit to
him made me appreciate him as I should never have done had I
not made it. He is a friend of yours and an effective one and not
a new one.
My visit to Matthews was pleasant. I saw Pendleton and Groes-
beck (they called to see me). I did you justice to them as I did to
the Reporter [of the News], and they expressed themselves grat-
ified and disposed to do you justice. I have seen it stated that
you will not appoint Democrats, South. If such be your action
you are wrong. Appoint as many Democrats as you can well do,
the more the better; for the white material of the Republican
party South is so bad and obnoxious to the people on the score
of want of integrity. You serve yourself and country best, by
carefully appointing good men. You can't tell the impure men
by the coat and tongue who visit you; their actions at home are
the best looking-glass and test of character. Adhere to your reso-
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