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.
Some one from Brocton, New York writes to the Editor, and requests the "special favor of a reply." The Editor cannot promise to communicate personally with correspondents, or otherwise than as an Editor in the editorial columns. This seemed an exception, and a letter was written in reply, when it was found that the signature could not be puzzled out. As a last resource the name was cut out and pasted on the envelope; but even the people in the town where he lived could not guess at the name. It was returned to the writer, and all this precious time lost. What is the use of people writing like that?