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    "I must thank you for your kindly mention of Uncle Remus. Somehow or other, nobody approaches the old man in a critical spirit, and for this I am grateful."

    Joel Chandler Harris Autograph Letter Signed "Joel Chandler Harris," one page, 5.25" x 8.25". Atlanta, Ga., January 6, 1883. To Prof. J.A, Harrison. In full, "Pray accept my sincere thanks for your kindness in sending me your article on 'The Creole Patois of Louisiana.' It is wonderfully interesting. Miss Calinda, I presume, is the Miss Meadows of the Creole negroes - There is an allusion in Dr. Mercier's Specimen to the fact that the terrapin, upon a previous occasion has beaten the rabbit in a trial of speed. Can this be a reference to Aesop? If so, it has been injected, for a negro myth-story is a negro myth-story, whether it be told in Portuguese, French or English. The creole patois is certainly picturesque and full of humor. I must thank you for your kindly mention of Uncle Remus. Somehow or other, nobody approaches the old man in a critical spirit, and for this I am grateful. It has saved me a good deal of mortification." He adds, "P.S. - Do you have the 'joree' in Virginia? And is it the starling? In Putnam county, Ga., I have heard the negroes use the name adjectively, as 'Whar John?' 'Don't ax me; dat nigger done gone joreein.' This may mean anything or nothing." "The Creole Patois of Louisiana" by J.A. Harrison appeared on pages 285-296 of Volume 3, No. 11 of The American Journal of Philology. A photocopy of the article is included with this lot. Dr. Alfred Mercier is a New Orleans physician. In his article, Harrison notes that "Tchiak is the name given by the Creole negroes to the starling, which, Dr. Mercier tells me, is applied adjectively to express various states of spirituous exhilaration." Harrison mentions Uncle Remus in this passage on page 286: "Illiterate white folk and Africans of the purest blood, catching by ear the more or less indistinct utterances of the landed and commercial aristocracy around them, have reproduced

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