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.
Many of our friends were hurt that we should say the Express companies would hold their own. They now see that it is so. It was never the intention to double the rates on printed matter. It makes no difference to the Express companies what these rates are. It is the transmission of merchandise which hurts them. It was a bad blunder of Mr. Hamlin's to include printed matter. It raised the whole newspaper press, and so they have been only too glad to have it repealed. Merchandise, seeds, cuttings, and things of that class, are now just as the express companies desired, and we suppose it will thus remain; and we must submit to the rule of these corporations with as much grace as we can.
We are not of those who think governments should carry on a postal service wholly irrespective of profit or loss. It seems to us that a wise statesmanship should manage the post-office so that on the whole it should be self-supporting, or if with a deficit, yet with some prospects of an early self-sustenance. It is, therefore, a perfectly fair question as to whether this merchandise pays, or is likely to pay. We presume it does pay, and did at the old rates. At any rate that should have been considered well before the attempt was made, and thousands of firms had adapted themselves to the new circumstances. If it was not statesmanship to enter on so great a charge without fair facts or figures, or laws of sound political economy, it was still less to take a backward step, and especially in so sudden a way. The bare idea of statesmanship in connection with it is laughable. It is not statesmanship, it is robbery!