The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 236
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this, '& it is but the discharge of duty to do it. But it has been
so often departed from since the close of the war, that the Presi-
dent who does it will be commended for it; if not now, most
certainly when you are out of office & the comparison made.
With sincere regards to Mrs Hayes & family
I am your true friend
Guy M Bryan
Write me when you can.
BRYAN TO HAYES
Dear Rud: Galveston, July 14th, 1880.
I am glad that today I received with your "Kindest regards"
a copy of your speech at Yale.47 I was thinking of writing to
you to ask you to explain the important part of it as published
in some of the Northern papers, but when I received the copy
with your endorsement, your meaning was evident. The papers
by change of a word or phrase may grossly misrepresent one on
a most important occasion or question.
I had looked forward to the contingency that occured at Chi-
cago- the lock in Convention-- ~Iy hope was that then Ohio
would have brought you out. You would have run better than
Garfield will. As it is, Hancock will be our next President. My
great desire is and has been for promoting pacification. I think
the Democracy has made the best selection to effect this. The
bloody shirt should be furled; the South desires it in the right
spirit and in good faith. And the true men of the North should
recognize this spirit, and for the sake of country not turn from
it, and make it cause for objection and abuse, and denial of the
sincerity of their act, or offering.
I have always given you credit for holding sincerely this de-
sire, and your speech at Yale comes in good time. I hope it may
be published generally. I am sorry that Garfield (or any one
but yourself) should have been selected from Ohio, for it will in-
terfere with your prospects next time (especially if he should be
elected). You told me when I was with you that we should
select for our Candidate Gen'l Hancock, and you wrote me not
long before the convention that we ought to nominate Hancock
47Remarks of Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States, at
the Yale College Alumni Dinner, July 1, 1880.
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