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.
The publisher hands the editor a batch of letters from many who are renewing their subscriptions, telling him of their satisfaction with the magazine, and their intention to send ou a few more subscribers. These kind words are encouraging, and go a good way towards making hard editorial labors light. It is indeed only by the kind efforts of friends that a magazine like this can increase its circulation. Lovers of horticulture are scattered, and no ordinary advertising can find them. Once in a while are some valuable suggestions. One thinks that if there were more about fruit and less about flowers, it would be an improvement, and another thinks he would have some of the fruit department cut down and given to the flowers. Another tells us he does not know anything about "oospores" and "peronospores" in potato, but likes to read all that we sometimes write about practical potato culture. Another thinks we give too much attention to the scientific part of horticulture, and would like to see more of the practical details, while still another thinks that the "mental pleasures connected with horticulture are its highest charms," and hopes we will give still more of it.
All of them, however, speak kindly of the attention given to their several departments by the editor, who is fully determined to do all for every one that he possibly can. That author felt badly who, when he asked readers to criticise, found that not one solitary sentence in his book escaped censure; but when he tried the other plan and asked for praise, and found all was honored, he took heart again. We do not ask for either praise or blame, but take either kindly when it comes. By the criticisms we often profit, and the words of praise encourage to renewed effort to deserve all we get.