The Writings of Carl Schurz/From Benjamin H. Bristow, February 18th, 1876

Treasury Department, Washington,
Feb. 18 1876.

I thank you sincerely for your kind letter of the 16th [15th] inst. Such an act of kindness just now is peculiarly gratifying. I am not able to say that your suggestions are in any respect open to doubt, and yet the difficulties in the way of adopting and acting upon them are very great—I mean not only the personal discomfort, but also the impossibility of performing my official duties creditably or satisfactorily so long as matters remain in statu quo. However, I suppose it is my duty to do the best I can and act on emergencies as they arise.

It will afford me great pleasure to receive suggestions from you from time to time as they may occur to you, and I hope you will feel no hesitancy in giving them.

Please accept my thanks for the kindness already done me and believe me

Gratefully and faithfully yours.