--The Savannah Republican
gave a description, some weeks ago, of a palmetto hat, the handiwork of Mrs. Mary Mather
, of the village of Thunderbolt, Ga.
, and designed as a present for the gallant leader of our armies on the Potomac
The following correspondence shows that it has reached its destination; and been received with a gallantry characteristic of the hero of Manassas Plains:
--As one of your admiring country women — though having perhaps, as little personal interest in public affairs as any one else, having nearly accomplished the term allotted to humanity, I beg you will accepts, as the work of my own hands, the accompanying hat, made of the Palmetto
that grows so abundantly through the low country of the Southern Confederacy.
It will serve you a good turn in your next summer campaign, and should Heaven vouchsafe to us a cessation of arms, you will find it equally useful in the quiet scenes of country-home.
It will also serve to show one of the numberless, and hitherto unthought-of, elements of independence, in the nation which you have done so much to illustrate and absolve from the rule of the oppressor.
Accept it, sir, small as it is, as a token of my admiration for your character and gratitude for your distinguished public services.
Centerville, Va., Jan. 10, 1862.
Permit me to thank you for your kind letter of the 23d ult., and the very, handsome hat you had the patience and skill to make for me, of the Southern Palmetto
— emblem of endurance and usefulness.
I shall wear it with much pleasure during our next summer campaign, and hope it will be equally effective in protecting me, for the sake of our cause, from the rays of the sun and the balls of the enemy.