The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 72
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alone among my friends who were not remembered. Laura Pratt
Mitchell, Gen Force and Mrs -Iarron all reproach me. And I
must change. I have been putting the question to myself in this
way: "Friends know how it is and will excuse me-but with
others promptness and punctuality are duties."'
Yes, we are old fellows now. I was born Oct. 4, 1822-here is
1892-in my 70th year! My health is good. My family are all
well. My two grand sons are a perpetual joy to me.
The stream of abuse that flowed around me some years ago has
run its course. Now the pendulum swings to the other extreme.
The cutting from N. Y. Times of 23rd last month shows what
I am doing.
Now Guy be patient with me. I confess my error. I am driven
by duties, (so called), and in my (alone,) condition it is best for
me to be in this bondage.
Rutherford B. Hayes
BRYAN TO HAYES
Quintana, Brazoria Co., Texas.
April 3, 1892.
My dear Rud:
I was so glad to get your last letter and to feel that your long
silence meant nothing. Of all my intimate friends of early days
you are the only one left except my brothers. And as the end
approaches I love to think of you and our long intimacy that even
the terrible war did not break.
I have to day been reminded of you and our college days in
a striking manner. I got a letter from Sec. of Alumni Asso-
ciation of Kenyon; the head was a handsome picture of old Kenyon.
I gloated over it, looked out for your room and mine, thought of
our glorious times together and of our boarding ourselves in your
"bull's eye." Don't you recollect? Don't you recollect how we
would study together and after getting our lessons go to Old
Sawyer's and eat mince pie and other confectionery enough to
kill us ? Happy days "would I were a boy again." Never shall
I forget the warm and loving hearts of your kin who took me
with your endorsement to their homes and their hearts--the boy
so far from home and kin all the way from Texas. As years
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