The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 71
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gation you will recollect called on you in a body in his behalf.
I shall not undertake to say how you can serve him at Washing-
ton, but if you can do so I hope you will in your own way,-and
please send the letters I requested to Betty Ballinger. I can
assure you they will appreciate your favors.
I am here among negroes on my place-collecting my small
rent one fourth of corn and cotton. This county so rich in soil,
since "freedom," has become poor indeed, and your old friend
(too old to expect much from the future) for his children's sake
has to adapt himself to new ways that you know nothing and
never will know anything about.
Regards to Mrs. Hayes and your children.
Guy M. Bryan.
HAYES TO BRYAN
29 Oct. 1883
My dear Guy:
I have, for the moment, mislaid your letter giving the address
in Europe of Miss Bettie Ballinger. To secure an early trans-
mission I send the letters enclosed to you. One to Mr Lowell
our minister to England and the other to Mr Morton at Paris.
They can however be used with any American to whom she may
wish an introduction.
A conversation on the Judgeship leads me to anticipate a party
consideration of the affair.
The chance of your Party to elect the next President now
seems better than at any time since the War. It is perhaps set-
tled that our Government is to be a Party Government. But this
does not imply a Government by one Party. An occasional
change seems natural and desirable. When one Party has had
six Presidential terms, a change, merely for the sake of change,
has something in its favor. But your leaders have a talent for
blundering. Out of power a quarter of a century has lost to
them the faculty of statesmanship under responsibility. They
will probably throw away their chance.
As ever sincerely
R. B. Hayes.
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