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.
It must be gratifying to this distinguished gentleman to receive in his old days so many testimonials of regard for his services to his fellow-men - services which have already extended far beyond an ordinary life time. But a few weeks ago, the New England Historic and Genealogical Society, of which Mr. Wilder is President, had his portrait, painted byMarchant, presented to it, which was acknowledged in the following complimentary resolutions:
Resolved, That our cordial thanks be presented to Mr. Edward D. Marchant, of Philadelphia, for the original portrait of Hon. Marshall P. Wilder, recently executed ■ by his hand, and generously presented by him to be placed in the gallery of this society.
Resolved, That we cherish this gift both as a memorial of our President, whose long years of valuable service have placed us under lasting obligations, and likewise as an exhibition of the extraordinary power of the artist, whose genius has transferred to the canvas, with marvellous life-like expression, the features of one whom we respect, venerate and love.
Resolved, That these resolutions, with the note announcing the gift, be placed upon the records of the society, and that a copy of the resolutions be forwarded to Mr. Marchant, at Philadelphia.
Then a few days since the Massachusetts Horticultural Society have presented to him a large picture representing the grand opening of the United States Agricultural Society in 1855. A Boston paper says:
"The scene represented by the artist is the opening of the exhibition. The grand cavalcade is on the track, headed by President Wilder, on a splendid white charger, supported by Gen. John S. Tyler, Chief Marshal, on the right, and Gen. Wm. S. King, Secretary of the Society, on his left, with twenty-five marshals, all mounted, following in succession. Most of the figures are real portraits. On the left are representatives of celebrated breeds of cattle and sheep, and on the other side the immense stage crowded with thousands of spectators. The precise moment which the artist has chosen for illustration represents Col. Wilder with raised hat and extended arm, announcing the opening of the exhibition."
Mr. Wilder must feel highly gratified at these evidences of esteem, and the more so from the consciousness of having fairly earned them.
As most of our readers know the good President of the Am. Pomological Society, was unable to be present with the body at the great Centennial reunion. But, he was represented by Marchant's celebrated portrait of him, and by 100 varieties of pears in Horticultural, and 300 in the Centennial Exhibition. They will be gratified to learn that he is regaining his health, and will heartily wish that he may long enjoy it.