Congressional duties and lecturing have interfered with his correspondence—Gratified by the good opinion of men of a high class—Regrets narrow-minded partisanship that defeated his reëlection—Hopes for a reform movement in 1876.
Immediate return to United States not expedient—Inflation element fatal to Democratic party—Republican leaders will change their Southern policy rather than risk defeat—Independents to reserve their influence for Presidential campaign of 1876—Funds needed to organize the reform movement for the next year.
Heavy odds against Hayes in Presidential campaign—Hayes urged to reaffirm the promises of his letter of acceptance—“Grant is doing his very worst”—Schurz ready to work for Hayes—Schurz accused of writing Hayes's letter of acceptance.
Rumor that Hayes does not favor a special method of settling the electoral dispute—Influence of action of Louisiana returning-board—Theory that it will suffice to assume ourselves right and then go ahead—Power of President of the Senate—Importance of both merits and appearances—Hayes should be advised of public opinion.
Comments on Hayes's thoughts about National aid to education and internal improvements in the South and a Constitutional amendment providing for a single six-year Presidential term—Advises that inaugural address be short, terse and pointed.
Does not seek but would accept Cabinet position, yet would be satisfied if Hayes carried out the policy promised in his letter of acceptance—Schurz's studies and tastes suggest the Department of State or the Treasury, but he is willing to serve wherever he can be really useful.
Schurz comments on the Congressional Committee's circular soliciting campaign contributions from a Government official—“Your official standing or prospects in this Department” wholly independent of compliance with the request.
Able lawyers ready to undertake the case of the Poncas and ample funds easily raised—Money could not be diverted to another purpose—Has there ever been any bill before Congress to secure to the Indians their lands in severalty and to give legal protection for their rights and property?
The Secretary's objection is that because an Indian tribe cannot maintain action in a United States court, to collect money for such a purpose can benefit only lawyers, not the Indians—Again suggests that consent be obtained to use for Indian schools the money collected—Several bills to give Indians needed rights and protection are before Congress.
Charges against Garfield soon to be refuted—Conkling should have been put down when he offered resolution binding all delegates to support the nominee whoever he might be—Praises results of Convention—Hopes Lodge will be nominated for Congress.