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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1332
AUTHOR: William Jennings Bryan (1860–1925)
QUOTATION: I can not wish you success in your effort to reject the treaty because while it may win the fight it may destroy our cause. My plan cannot fail if the people are with us and we ought not to succeed unless we do have the people with us.
ATTRIBUTION: WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN, letter to Andrew Carnegie, January 13, 1899.—Bryan papers, Library of Congress.

Andrew Carnegie, working to defeat the treaty of peace with Spain, unsuccessfully sought Bryan’s help.

See also No. 1557.