J. H. Mellichamp


John Muir



I tried to get the c[illegible] for Mr [Canby?] as he deserves all things good & beautiful, I shall send them to him. Tomorrow I expect to take a run in the country, I may find some good things, if I find them I may send them to you also to Mr [Canby?]. I may take a trip on my River, go to old Cap Island wh I should like to visit once more, see if I can find F[illegible] for years ago it bloomed there, made a fruit, this will [do?] f[illegible] [present?], I shall say goodbye, many thanks for the beautiful book! — , am

yours very truly J. H. Mellichamp



South Carolina

9. August 1903-


Prof John Muir-

Martinez Cal.

Dear Prof Muir-

I dont know where you are now - whether in Russia, or Martinez, but one thing is certain your Le Conte book after much travelling around the country has come at last! Evidently it has been to Charleston, surely it has been to Atlanta



[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 morning


for 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.

Date Original

1903 Aug 9


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 26.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 13, Image 0760

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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