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I welcome Mr. Edwards's challenge to try this question by exhibitions, as proposed by him at p. 97; and as an earnest of such welcome, I beg you to hand him my name and two sovereigns; for I am quite sure I can collect as much amongst my neighbours. I believe it only requires such an exhibition to convince very many that the assumed differences of opinion do not exist, and that both North and South are much more unanimous than most imagine. We are constantly hearing, " This is a Northern, this is a Southern, this is a Midland county's opinion." Now let us meet on one ground, with the objects before us on which it is presumed there is no unity, and I will engage we shall all be found much more unanimous than we give one another credit for, merely because we have had no fair opportunity afforded us for the interchange of opinion, such as the proposed exhibition will give us. It has been too much the practice hitherto for interested parties to raise and perpetuate differences amongst Florists; let us hope those days are gone, never to return; and that by a more frequent and friendly communication, a more kindly spirit may be promoted and allowed to prevail, one more in harmony with our (ought to be) refining pursuit.
In this spirit let us assist in providing the necessary funds for these exhibitions.
As each contributor to the fund is desired to name one for the office of judge, and as I am on the north of the boundary-line, I propose Mr. Wood of Nottingham, although I have a bone to pick with him, for he has more than once puzzled me with his "Full enough for the North," when, expecting a haycock, I have found the variety in question rising about 25 or 30 degrees only instead of 45. As for the place, any would do for me; but as I see the good folks of Derby are bestirring themselves, why Derby let it be.