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.
One of the two magnificent specimens, perhaps fifty feet high, which so many persons visited Laurel Hill expressly to see, and which indeed was one of America's arboreal treasures, - as the tree so seldom does well here, - has been cut down, because it prevented the visitors from having a good view of the obituary poetry, probably, on the graven marble. Great inducements were offered to induce the woodman's axe to spare that tree, but it fell in spite of all. Poor simpleton! That tree would have been a monument, long after the marble ceased to be of any interest to anybody. It would have a story which would be read long after the most enthusiastic " Old Mortality," would give up the job of re-cutting his name. After all it was the gentleman's own tree, and he had a right to do as he pleased with it.