This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The two queens, the survivors of a shipment of eighteen consigned to Mrs. Bel-field, were turned out on Mr. Bristol's farm on Saturday morning They were strong and healthy, and flew away briskly against the wind Being liberated amidst clover fields there is every chance of their doing well. Some years ago the present Premier of New Zealand attempted the introduction of this useful insect, but unsuccessfully, the last of the creatures dying within ten days' sail of our coast. Not being aware of any successful attempt at their acclimatization being made heretofore, we believe that the pair of queens set free on Saturday have the honor to be the first of their kind in this country."
For all this, no doubt the story of the fertilized clover fields of New Zealand, all through the humble bees introduced years and years ago, will be long yet used as a sound argument.