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.
E. writes: "In answer to your problem, 'How to get the office to the good man, who does not want it,' I may say, every good man will accept a good office, but may lack the low cunning to obtain it. The unfit man gets the office by the intrigue of other interested persons, who expect to gain thereby.
"The commissioners of the National Antie-tam Cemetery, after interments in the centre were over, and the large outer grounds were to be embellished with trees, shrubs, and seeded down with grass, etc., were anxious to get the right man to plan and direct. They addressed sixteen gardeners in different States, and propounded practical questions to all alike. After all the answers had been received, the commissioners met and read the answers. Twenty-five out of the twenty-six commissioners voted for Walter Elder of Philadelphia, and he got the office.
"If all other commissioners and corporators were to do the same, every man would answer for himself. Intrigue would not get in, and the right man would likely get the good office. In that way our ornamental horticulture would be-becotne eminent and receive the credit it would then deserve. Nurserymen would be benefited by these good models of public gardens and their influence be felt far and wide".