The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 172
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friends be reconciled! I have heard some of Sherman's friends
say of your policy towards the South, that your course of removal
of troops, &c, was Grant's policy & that you could not do other-
wise than act as you did. This is said to radicals as an excuse
for Sherman (who is one of your cabinet). Again, I hear
Grant's friends say that he inaugurated the policy of reconcilia-
tion, & you only carried out what he began, & would have done
had he been elected. Of course I know differently.
I gave a letter to the widow of a U S officer while at San
Antonio a few days ago. You will see (if it even reaches you)
I only make a statement. I frankly told her I doubted whether
it would do her any good, but she was urgent & I gave it. You
can always tell from my letters given on application for office
whether I endorse or not. I have refused many, occasionally I
give a letter; sometimes because I can't get out of it, & again
because I want the applicant to succeed for the public good. I
did not intend to write.so long a letter. I hope you will find
it of sufficient interest to wade through it.
Yours as ever
Guy M Bryan
P. S. I met Gen'l John Mason Inspector Gen'l of this Dept
at San Antonio. We had a long talk over old Kenyon days.
Gen'l Ord I hope you will keep in Texas; he is the right man
& in the right place. Texians like him for his good sense &
fitness in every respect for his position. The Texas Veterans
held their annual reunion in San Antonio, "the Alamo City,"
on San Jacinto Day, 21st of this month. Gen'l Ord won the
hearts of the Veterans by his courtesy '& kindness to them. Such
Soldiers never awake fears in the minds of civilians.
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