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 is more than probable that much of the supposed differences of opinion which prevail on scientific subjects, between distinguished men, come from their imperfect understanding of each other's statements. The writer notices this frequently in his own case, and it is doubtless so in those of others. A very distinguished English author quotes some "observations, of Mr. Meehan on trees all growing together in his garden in Ger-ntantovm." By reference to the paper itself it will be found that nothing was said as italicised. They were not all growing together, and any one knowing that fact, but not reading the original paper, might infer that "Mr. Meehan was not particularly exact in his facts."
Again in the English.edition of Sach's Text Book of Botany, Meehan is given as authority for the statement that the various species of Rubus rarely perfect seed in America. As everybody knows the Blackberries seed freely, they must have a poor opinion of Meehan'a facts. But if they will turn to the original they will see that what he really said was that plants from seed in the natural state are of the rarest occurrence. And so gentle reader, when you read of something attributed to some favorite whom you believe in generally, but which seems very absurd on this particular occasion, be merciful to him and think that per-adventure he did not do that foolish thing. So may charity claim you for a client, when your trial day comes round.