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Letter, 12 Mar. 1885, from John McLaren McBryde
        to James Jonathan Lucas
  
    A gift to SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2008

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Letter, 12 March 1885, penned by J[ohn] M[cLaren] McBryde on South Carolina College letterhead is addressed to J[ames] J[onathan] Lucas, Society Hill, S.C., and refers to agricultural research then underway to determine the optimal ratio of ammonia to phosphate for fertilizing seed cotton.

“It is difficult without previous acquaintance with your soil - its present condition and past treatment - to advise you as to the proportions to be observed in mixing the cotton seed meal, acid phosphate and kainit,” McBryde wrote. “The proper fertilization of cotton is a question yet awaiting solution, and I am acquainted with but few experiments of any value, bearing directly upon it. We are trying to study it experimentally here, but our experiments cover too short a period of time (only two years) to justify the drawing of any general conclusions as yet.”

In closing, McBryde noted that he was sending the college’s most recent circular and would mail the new catalog when available from which, he commented, “You will notice that we offer two courses in Agriculture.”

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