"From one who seems destined to have no immediate prospect of enjoying other worries than these. Merry X-mas 1901. W. C. Hodges. Tallahassee, Fla."
The above is written in Hodges' own hand and appears to have been a gift to himself (as he was wont to do from time to time).
This collection of "musings", Reveries of a Bachelor (or A Book of the Heart), was written by Donald Grant Mitchell in 1850, but published under his pseudonym Ik Marvel.
Under the guise of Ik Marvel, Mitchell published Reveries of a Bachelor, one of the most popular works of the day, as popular Uncle Tom's Cabin. Today, the book has been largely forgotten. Mitchell (1822-1908) was an agriculturalist and landscape architect as well as a writer.
|Ik Marvel, AKA Donald Grant Mitchell|