I am greatly indebted to you for your kind note of the 19th and I am very glad that what I said in the Senate gratified you. I was unwilling to sit in silence and allow a member of my party to express views with which I totally disagreed and by my silence let it be supposed for a moment that those were my views or the views of the party to which I belong. The opinions which I expressed I think you knew I entertained and I should have felt ashamed of myself if I had not expressed them publicly, when such an attack was made upon you as was made by Senator Bristow. I am aware that what I said was insufficient, but it had, at least, the merit of being sincere.
With renewed thanks for your note, I am
Very truly yours,
To The President