The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 167
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HAYES TO BRYAN
Private & confidential
28 March, 1880
My dear Guy:
I don't write many letters except on compulsion. My writ-
ing is enormous in an office way. I neglect my friends from
We have enjoyed, ever so much, the visit with us of your niece
Miss Betty. For the last twelve or fifteen years we have been
in the habit of enlivening our home by filling it at certain sea-
sons with young people-especially with young ladies. Miss
Betty won our hearts and heads completely. With all desirable
qualities which gain confidence and respect she unites also what-
ever wins friendship and affection. We are greatly obliged to
you for the opportunity to know her.
I am now in my last year of the Presidency and look forward
to its close as a school boy longs for the coming vacation. I am
not without pride in results obtained. In so extensive a sphere
of duty, it is impossible not to leave large tracts of territory un-
attended to. But here in W. the Government I am confident
was never better served. The Foreign service was probably never
more creditable nor more useful; this I say with some doubt.
The appointments to Judgeships, as a whole, I can stand by.
We, I think have at last begun the final solution of the Indian
question, viz., citizenship & an abandonment of tribal relations.
I need not speak of Financial Success, or The Southern ques-
tion. (By the by, I have appointed in the last four months over
forty Southern Democrats-notably Trescott of South Carolina
to China.) As to foreign affairs, has not something been done
to inaugurate a strong foreign policy?
There now! Am I not capable of bragging?
Alas! nobody knows the shortcomings better than I do. But
I leave them out of this letter to my oldest and nearest friend
of the better days.
R. B. layes
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