This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The President Marshall P. "Wilder, met with a serious accident, fracturing his leg by a fall down the State House Steps some weeks ago, while endeavoring to influence some legislation favorable to agriculture. We hear later that Mr. Wilder is quite comfortable, though our venerable friend is in his eighty-first year. It is at last certainly decided that the meeting of this Association will be held at Bochester, N. Y., by invitation of the Western New York Horticultural Society, on the 17th of September next.
This popular and influential body held its biennial session at Rochester, on the 17th, 18th and 19th inst. We have only space now to notice President Wilder's address, which was as follows :
Members and Delegates of the American Pomological Society:
Gentlemen : - Having held the office of President of this Association during its whole life, with the exception of two years out of thirty-one, I regret exceedingly my inability to be present, and by your continued favor, to occupy the chair, as I expected to do, at Rochester. But Providence seems to indicate, by the late accident which has impaired my physicial ability,that it is not my duty yet to risk a journey so far from home.
For twenty-nine years you have elected me as your President, and with a unanimity far beyond my merit. I most sincerely desire ever to cherish a profound sense of gratitude and thankfulness for the honor conferred, and the confidence reposed in me. My thanks are especially due for the cordial and vigorous support I have received from my official associates. It was my intention to be with you at this meeting and to extend to you an invitation to hold our next session in the city of Boston, when and where I should lay down the high honors which you have so long conferred on me. But my physicians advise me not to take so long a journey and incur the labor which would necessarily fall upon me.
The annual meeting will be held in Rochester. New York, on Wednesday September 17th. It promises to be one of the most interesting meetings in the history of the society. The Western New York Agricultural Society, and the Western New York Horticultural Society, will have its meetings at the same time. So that the attractions are numerous, and the attendance will probably correspond. James H. Kelley, Rochester, New York, will take charge of all express paid packages of fruit intended for the Pomological Society. Essays or verbal addresses are expected from Professors Goodale, Lazenby, and Messrs. Wm. Saunders, Isidor Bush, P. T. Quinn, Wm. C. Barry, P. J. Berckmans, Dr. John A. Warder, and Rev. Dr. Burnett.
As the meeting of this Society at Rochester, N. Y., takes place at the same time with the Fair of the Western New York Horticultural Society (September 17-19), and the hotels are likely to be crowded, persons who expect to attend, will avoid much inconvenience by writing to the proprietors of the hotels to secure rooms in advance. The Osborn House, which will be the headquarters of the Society, will charge members three dollars per day, and the Whitcomb House near by, will charge two dollars per day. The Clinton Hotel and National Hotel are also central and good at two dollars per day. Fifteen silver and bronze Wilder medals will be awarded for meritorious objects.
As already noted, the seventeenth session of this society will be held in Rochester, commencing Wednesday, September 17th. At this writing, May 20th, Col. Wilder, the esteemed President, is so far recovered from his broken thigh as to be able to bear some weight on it, and has some hope of being able to be present personally, though his immediate friends hardly dare share the hope. Packages of fruit for the meeting should be addressed to care of James H. Kelley, Esq., Rochester, N. Y. The pemologists of Rochester, feeling the honor of the change from Nashville in favor of their city are leaving nothing undone to make the meeting one of the most popular that has ever oc-cured in the history of the Society, and from all accounts are succeeding well in their endeavors.