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.
There is nothing more to be dreaded than the political grumbler. The wrongs of which he complains are generally unbearable, until he or his party is in power, and then they are beds of down, on which not even bad dreams trouble him. But we really think the postal laws of a great nation like this might be amended, without interfering one cent with its prosperity. In an editor's office, or for the matter of that, the office of any large horticultural establishment, plants are sent for name, for opinions, and these and other things are sent for all sorts of reasons, but no writing must be inside. They come to us by the dozen, and it is almost impossible to tell till we find the letter, what they are sent for. It is often two or three days before the letter, and the package relating thereto are brought together, and the care and labor this bringing together involves is no mean tax on the busy man's life. If a few lines of explanation were permitted in such package, what a world of trouble it would save.
As a postal card only costs one cent and a letter three cents, what does the Government lose by the writing inside the package ? When a letter cost a shilling, there might be some objection, but what does it amount to under our modern rates of postage ? The suggestion made in our columns, sometime ago, by Mr. E. Hall, at least seems unobjectionable, that a person be allowed to put a three-cent postage stamp in addition to the legal postage on the package, to be taken as a sign that the sender has a letter inside, and the package be allowed to pass, whether the ends be "gummed" or not, without further molestation or detention. What possible objection can there be made to this plan ? If there be any objection that we do not see, we should be glad to give place to it.