The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 75
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THE BRYAN-HAYES CORRESPONDENCE
EDITED BY E. W. WINKLER
BRYAN TO HAYES
House of Representatives.
Austin, Texas, April 22nd/79
I have yours informing me of your intentions in regard to the
West Point appointment. On day after tomorrow we adjourn.
I shall be glad to return to see my children. I have never done
more work at any session of Legislature during my long experi-
ence. I am weary and need rest. I will write you again when
I know what I can do, perhaps declining the appointment. I
thank you my friend for your friendly motives and feelings in
giving me the position, but I now say to you with perfect frank-
ness I am so embarrassed financially that I can illy bear the ex-
penses incident to such a trip outside of the pay, etc. But I do
not wish to disturb your mind and will turn to other matters.
You say that Homan is charged with not being a Republican.
I think this entirely a mistake, he is so regarded by every one
of his party here, and certainly so regarded by me and all of the
Democrats that I have heard speak of him. He is, however, con-
servative and ran for Senator as an independent Republican, sup-
ported by the Republicans and Greenbackers to defeat the Demo-
cratic nominee. I have deemed it of interest to my State, and
as an act of justice to you to give information in regard to per-
sons who were applicants for office. I have never tried to de-
ceive you and never will. I have a deeper interest than I can
express, or you will ever know, in your personal success as Presi-
dent, and no temptation to serve friends would influence me to
recommend or suggest any one that would not in my opinion
make a good officer and give you strength with the people where
he would discharge his official duties. I wish you to regard this
statement as made in your interests and in the spirit of affection
that has so long characterized our intercourse.
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