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.
In conclusion, with a heart full of gratitude for the many honors you have conferred upon me as your President, I now lay down the robes of office with which you have clothed me for twenty-nine years, feeling assured that though we may die, our institution shall live, and as time advances, others will take it up and foster it with the same love that we have entertained for it.
Cherish, then, the friendships and kind sympathies which has existed between us. The cause you seek to promote is the cause of civilization and humanity. A few more years and those who now occupy these seats will have closed their labors on earth, but the same earth will bring forth its myriads of fruits and flowers, and yield its bounteous harvests for the service of those who may come after us.
A few more days, a few more months, and he who now addresses you will have joined the great congregation of the dead, and have passed beyond the horizon of life, but his spirit shall continue to render thanks to the Giver of all good for the blessings which have flowed from the influence of our association. May it live on. and on, and be perpetuated as a benefactor of mankind. And what more dutiful or grateful service can we render to our kindred or our country than to hand down to posterity the choicest fruits we have been enabled to produce for their use. May the success of the past cheer and stimulate you to greater exertions in the future, and although you may not live to reap the rich har-vest which you are now planting, your children and your children's children shall rejoice in the result of your labor long after you shall have passed over the river to those celestial fields.
Where the verdure of Spring time forever shall reign, And the perfume of flowers float o'er the bright plain, Where the noontide of Summer and Autumn shall blend, In the harvest of fruits that never shall end.