Saturday, March 22, 2014

Rutherford B. Hayes to Sardis Birchard, March 29, 1861

CINCINNATI, March 29, 1861.

DEAR UNCLE: — I have received your favor, and suspect you are more anxious that I should be re-elected than the occasion calls for. I philosophize in this way: I have got out of the office pretty much all the good there is in it — reputation and experience. If I quit it now, I shall be referred to as the best, or one of the best solicitors, the city has had. If I serve two years more, I can add nothing to this. I may possibly lose. I shall be out of clients and business a little while, but this difficulty will perhaps be greater two years hence. So you see it is no great matter. Still, I should prefer to beat, and with half a chance, I should do it. . . .

I am not wasting much time looking after the election — none in mere personal electioneering. I am trying to so behave as to go out respectably.


SOURCE: Charles Richard Williams, editor, Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Volume 2, p. 7

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