This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Horticulture suffers a great loss in the decease of this gentleman, which occurred on the 4th of December. He was in his 70th year, fifty of which he had been more or less of an invalid. He was particularly fond of hardy trees and shrubs, and endeavored to grow all that would endure our climate. In this and in all other tastes that he inherited, he was ever anxious to share his enjoyments with others. Fond of gardening, himself, he was an advocate of public parks for the people, and Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, really owes its existence to him, he and his brother having purchased the Sedgely estate, and presented it to the city as the commencement of the enterprise. The Zoological Garden, one of the attractions of the Park, and a source of much intelligent amusement to the people, received $25,000 from him not long since. He was ever a friend to the poor and the oppressed, but so averse was he to letting his right hand know what his left hand did, that the many thousands of dollars he has given away in his long lifetime will be known only to a few intimate friends. His great aim always seemed to be not so much to hold others up, as to help them to hold themselves. He loved, therefore, to aid the cause of education in its most solid and useful phases.
For the operatives of Germantown he established a free library in which an immense collection of books have been gotten together, excluding frivolous kinds. Though a devout and earnest Christian, he was also a deep inquirer into the mysteries of science, fearing no antagonism between truths. He leaves three children - one of them, Prof. E. D. Cope, standing at the head of certain branches of science in this country.