The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 152
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
letter I got was in April when I was in the interior of Texas seek-
ing improvement of health. I wandered about a good deal for
drier climate than on the coast-on account of head and throat.
I returned here, and have (since latter part of June) had my
children with me. Guy went from Ann Arbor to Hollins, Va.,
and came to Texas with Hally. I had hoped that I could go on
to Ann Arbor and take Guy via Fremont with me to Hollins, but
I could not. For your kind treatment of Guy (which won his
heart to you and Mrs. Hayes) and for the sake of all our past and
my present feelings I would like to reciprocate by having you at
my unpretentious home sharing my homely fare, but I am aware
all the time I cannot invite you an Ex-President-and that my old
college chum cannot shed this the balance of his life,-and "old
Rud" is in the past, save now and then for a few moments when
alone with an old friend. I will be sixty-five next Jan. I am
getting to be an old man and liable to cross the river at any time.
My general health is (for me) pretty good but my catarrhal
troubles involving the throat makes me dread the coming winter.
If I were not so much averse to office seeking I would try to get
official position in a genial clime. But although my party is in
power I have not applied and do not expect to apply for office.
My last effort for Federal office was with you. Cleveland is doing
right. God grant him power and good common sense and nerve
to hold out against politicians. I think this now as I thought
when you were in the White House. If he holds out the people
of the States, and the whole country will sustain him. I am glad
of the good feeling that prevails North and South. Grant's death
gave an occasion for its manifestation on part of the South-it
was spontaneous evidencing their loyalty to the government under
which they live. Grant as a man had his faults as well as virtues-
the South paid tribute to the latter, and in death forgave the
former. I notice your presence at his funeral in New York. My
children with exception of Laura are absent-Hally in Galveston,
Willie on plantation, and Guy at Independence on a visit to his
uncle Austin and family. I expect them all back in two or three
Give my love to Mrs. Hayes, Fanny and your sons.
As ever your old friend and chum,
Guy M. Bryan.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926, periodical, 1926; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117141/m1/166/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.