The Memoirs of William Jennings Bryan

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APPENDIX
THE DENVER CONVENTION

[Telegrams sent by Mr. Bryan to his brother, Charles W. Bryan, during the Denver Convention, 1908.]

Gentlemen of the Convention:

More than two-thirds of the members of this convention have been either instructed to vote for my nomination or have been openly pledged to my nomination before being selected as delegates. On the fifth of March last, the Nebraska state convention adopted a platform which contained the plank which the minority proposes as a substitute. This platform was printed throughout the United States and it was generally understood, being so represented by Republican and Democratic papers, that it represented my views on the subjects covered. Only three conventions, if I am correctly informed, were held before the fifth of March, the conventions of Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Kansas. I had been advocating for more than twelve years the remedies outlined in the substitute. The idea was presented in the platform of 1900, which was endorsed by more than six millions of Democrats. And I have a right to assume that the Democratic voters who sent you as delegates to this convention, were fully informed as to my position on the trust question. The committee has given the convention a splendid platform on other questions, but I regard the plank on this question as not sufficiently strong, and as not a full response to public sentiment. Believing that it will mean a loss of hundreds of thousands of votes to the ticket if the convention shows any timidity in dealing with this question, I am constrained to make this appeal to the convention for an anti-trust plank upon which I can make an honest fight in behalf of the whole people. If the convention votes down this substitute, I shall at least have placed myself upon record and given to the public assurance that I have not faltered and shall not falter in my effort to rid this country of the evils that have grown up under industrial monopolies. Having made this appeal, I await the judgment of the convention.

WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN.

To C. W. Bryan: I appreciate very much the opinion of Haskell, Williams and the other friends, but I think a failure to put in a

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