J. H. Mellichamp
[illegible]gia, perhaps also to the [illegible] office in Washington, at [illegible] to a dead certainty to [illegible] humble servant in the village of Bluffton [illegible]. Let that suffice for the present. it is a beautifully bound book in half calf, with marbled paper, red mo[illegible], & well deserving the beautiful binding, the gilding on the lower side [illegible] for I am reading it again with renewed relish for the sweet "Georgia scenes", [illegible] alas! the burning of Columbia, !!Shame upon the [illegible] who was equal to lying about his work too—. When I stopped in Charleston at my Brothers, I started early in the morningfor my old Home, reached here in the afternoon not forgetting to stop at the swamp where the flrs of [illegible] bloomed in June - but of course the bloom was all over, but the C[illegible] had appeared, but they were not rose tinted as I have often seen them in the Autumn time, but they wore their usual rather [illegible] colour of green. I essayed to jump across the ditch of mud, ooze, sand, as I am not as active as in the sweet days of my glorious youth - down I come in the ditch splash, so stuck fast, had to call lustily to my black driver [by?] name Amos [Jadsden?] with whom I commenced life here years ago, he pulled me out of my dilemma very nicely!
Bluffton, S. C.
1903 Aug 9
Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 26.5 cm.
Reel 13, Image 0762
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