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.
This old writer on Gardening, The Journal of Horticulture'tells us, was born in 1737, at Old Meldrum, in Scotland. He succeeded in wheedling the Government of England into giving him $9,000, for mixing cow dung, lime, wood ashes and sand together, in order to make hollow trees fill up with sound living wood. A "commission" was appointed to report. A Dr. Lettsom and a Dr. Anderson composed it, and they testified that is was "nothing more than the truth." History says Mr. Forsyth was "mistaken." A modern writer would say he was a "dead beat." and consider even such slang more than politeness required.