We cannot commence our Second Volume without expressing our hearty thanks for the assistance we have received in various ways, and from so many quarters; and we venture to solicit a continuance of the same for the present year. We believe, that by means of The Florist and Garden Miscellany, a large amount of useful and interesting information may be diffused, equally acceptable to all classes interested in flowers and gardens. It should always be borne in mind, that we do not profess to teach, but to receive and distribute the teachings of others. This, in combination with obtaining and reporting information upon all floricultural novelties, is the great object of the work; and we heartily wish that every one who has obtained such information in the course of his experience, would but use our pages, and so add to the general stock of knowledge.

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We shall make no promises; indeed, how can we, since the merits of Volume II. will depend more upon our contributors than ourselves? but we will frankly state what we wish to do, and shall do, if the means are placed at our disposal by an extensive demand for the work.

We wish it to be self-supporting, and to provide sufficient funds for the payment of able reporters in various parts of the country. We wish to have coloured memorandums taken of the finest seedlings which may reach our censors or be obtained at exhibitions, and from such memorandums to select the objects for our illustrations. We wish to continue the excellence of our woodcuts, and to give additional ones occasionally, as illustrative of the text. In short, we wish to do many things, to improve and to add to the interest and value of the work; and we have every confidence that, in time, we shall be enabled to make The Florist and Garden Miscellany all we desire it to be, since, for every number that has appeared there has been an increased demand. As we have no wish to allude to such a subject again, we may as well answer an objection or two. One is, that The Florist is the organ of a party. Truly, it is so; but of that large party comprising every one that will contribute to its pages in a proper tone and spirit. Another objection is, that the censors of flowers which are sent for opinion are men in the trade, and not disinterested judges. We assure our readers, that no flowers are ever submitted to any but perfectly disinterested parties.

That the decisions are often contrary to the raiser's opinion must not be considered surprising. To compare lesser things with greater, where is the tribunal from which issue verdicts favourable to all clients? These objections disposed of, we will say a word about advertisements. The charge for them has had the closest consideration, and the present scale cannot be altered to that of a newspaper. It is needless to go into particulars, because every reasoning mind will see at a glance that it would assuredly be done if possible, were it only for the interests of the work. But, since horticulturists, as a body, do not use the advertiser on our terms as much as we hoped, and other parties will do so, we are absolutely compelled to accept advertisements having no relation to floriculture, for we cannot print one page, or two, it must be at least four. We shall, however, carefully avoid every thing of an offensive character, and endeavour to - arrange them systematically.

Lovers of flowers and gardens, come one, come all; take a part in our labour, and we promise that you shall partake of the reward. Let us have a work that, as our organ, shall speak better things than acrimony, jealousy, and selfishness, - that shall proclaim the existence amongst us of that spirit of charity so beautifully described in Holy Writ: "Charity en-vieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth."* We wish this spirit to pervade our periodical; and earnestly invoking the aid we require, we enter upon the second year of our labours with no proprietary to hamper us, our motto being, "Open to all, fettered by none".

• 1 Cor. xiii. 4-6.