This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
While reading the interesting article of Mr. Manning, on the Byfield Elm, I was reminded of the immense Elm I saw in Wethersfield, Connecticut, a few years ago; and I write to ask if some correspondent in that town, will not favor us tree worshippers with a description of the same, giving measurements after the excellent plan of Mr. Manning, which almost builds the tree before our eyes. The idea of the size of the trunk of many large trees, particularly of the Elm, is oftentimes but obscurely conveyed by writers, because they fail to state whether the circumference given was of the trunk directly, or included the ridges, or followed the depressions of the tree. I have an impression that one of the limbs of the Weathersfield giant, was about fifteen feet in circumference. Taken as a whole, it is decidedly the largest Elm I have ever seen in New England, and my observation included the great Elms of Northampton, Hatfield, Deer-field and Cumberland, of the Connecticut valley. By the way, I remember that thirty years ago I was told of the remains of the trunk of an old Elm standing in Hatfield, that measured forty-two feet in circumference, precisely the measurement of the Byfield tree, as Mr. Manning made it when following its depressions, and I presume the Hatfield tree was measured in the same way.
I remember some twenty-five years ago measuring a fine Elm on the Cohassett road in this State, (Mass., ) front of the residence of Deacon Cush-ing; it gave eighty-five feet in height, and would nearly, or quite have touched the ground all around had it not been necessary to cut the branches away on one side where the public road passed. It was one of these magnificent umbrella Elms, with a top almost spherical. I noted at the time that, among several. seedlings of some size that had sprung up in the vicinity were several of the same symetrical form, which led me to believe that probably the tree would repeat itself in its seedlings; probably it merits the attention of nurserymen. This grand monarch bore on its side at that time, a piece of board which was carefully painted "Planted 1726." I trust Mr. Editor, if we are favored with the dimensions of the Weathersfield Elm, we should have given in the circumference of that main limb, and better if of all the principal limbs. If any funds are needed to hoist a ladder up there for the purpose, draw on me for the same.