The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 79
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I shall always be glad to hear from you. Present my regards
to Mrs. Hayes and your family.
Sincerely your friend,
Guy M. Bryan.
P. S. Senator Maxey has been our guest for several days; he
speaks most kindly of you personally.
BRYAN TO HAYES
Galveston, Nov. 5th, 1879.
On my return here yesterday, I found your enclosures of
speeches for which I wrote you. I thank you for them. I
wanted them to see what you did say for I was not willing to
rely upon newspaper reports. That you had in view and desired
in good faith to carry out a generous policy towards the South
under the Constitution I have always believed and now believe.
That you wanted to get rid of sectionalism in general politics I
have believed and now believe. That you were in favor of the
general government having the use of the powers claimed by the
old Whig Party and those conferred by the Amendments under
the Constitution when necessary, I have thought all the time
since your inauguration, or shortly after when I visited you at
Washington. I regret the discussion of State rights, when by so
doing sectionalism is the result and prejudices of the past are
aroused, exciting passion and feeling against sections, when all
true patriots, and many good men desire that fraternal feeling
alone should exist between the North and South. I do not un-
derstand you now to hold any more than in the past the use of
any power not conferred by the Constitution, or to change the
relations of the States to the general government unless it be use
of authority at the polls. I have said this much because I felt
it due to you after I had written you for your speeches and you
sent them to me.
The request I made of you to appoint Harcourt Dist. Atty.
was made when I knew that Homan would resign, and I thought
the public good demanded the appointment of a good man. I
wish you to consider this request, like all others I make on such
subjects, as my judgment, knowing the local surroundings, and
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