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.
This truly veteran Pomologist passed into his eightieth year on the 10th of July. He is still able to walk a mile or so at a time, and that he may yet be spared to walk his mile some years longer with us will be the earnest wish of the thousands who have been aided by Mr. Downing's work. Those of us who have not reached old age, but are pressing closely towards it, must often have sad thoughts f the coming time when they can no longer he useful laborers in the world; but surely in the case of so useful a life as Mr. Downing's they will have some compensation in sitting down to rest a while before they go, and look back over on the good work they have done.