The following extract from a letter of a lady living in a small country village in South Carolina will please our readers: "You must be aware how very difficult has been in our State, the collection of wild flowers ; for the deadly effects of malaria engendered in our swamps deters the boldest from frequenting their environs. Happily our village is healthy, and from it we make long journeys with a light rockaway and good horse, the trip often lasting all day long. I doubt if any spot (except California) in our country produces more lovely flowers than our own environs".