This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
"Critic" writes: "Pardon my question, for I only write because I know you like to have things just right, and I would like to know why you refer to the editor of the Country Gentleman as 'it,' as I note in your last reference? Would it not sound better to say he said this, or he said that, than to refer to him as an ' it?' I am only this critical that I would like to know the reason, for I take it for granted you have some explanation you can give".
[We have no certain means of knowing that the editor of the Country Gentleman is a " he." It may be that he is a " she." Again, we fancy there are several editors to such a large weekly paper as the Country Gentleman, and these may be a "he" and a "she," or several of such all together. But the real reason why we used "it" was because we had neither a " he" or a " she" in our mind while speaking, but the paper itself, which is neither a " he" nor a " she," but a paper. That is to say, we referred to the paper, and not to any one person in particular that conducts it. In fact, it was really " it," and not any particular "he" or " she" that we referred to. - Ed. G. M].