State of Arkansas Office of the Governor Little Rock August 22, 1962 Mr. C.E. Bryant 4902 Jamestown Road Washington 16, D.C. Dear Mr. Bryant: This will acknowledge your letter of July 31st in which you ask for some information concerning former congressman, Brooks Hays. First, I wish I had time to write at length about my association with Mr. Hays during the so-called Little Rock crisis of 1957. I will relate the following. Mr. Hays accompanied me to Newport for the meeting with the President. At first I met with the President for some 15 or 20 minutes alone. Then we joined Brooks Hays and Sherman Adams who were waiting in another room, and the conference went on for a much greater length of time. After reaching tentative agreement on some approaches to the problem, in which Mr. Hays was very helpful in steering the conference to that point, the President called in Herbert Brownell, then Attorney General of the United States. The Attorney General told the President that he could not legally do one of the things which had been agreed upon. The Attorney General was wrong, but that has no bearing on the case now. At the break-up of the serious business of the conference, Brooks Hays, in his friendly and inimitable way, told the President two very humorous stories. The President seemed to enjoy them very much, and it did a great deal in relieving the tension and stress under which we had labored, and the conference broke up on a very affable note. Although there was this air of affability, still, deep down, I was burdened heavily by the problems which I knew had not been satisfactorily resolved. It is possible that the others felt the same way.