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.
It is with great pain that we record the fact that an effort to save the trees, garden, and residence of John Bartram from destruction has utterly failed. By the will of Mr. Eastwick, the property of some one hundred and sixty acres is to be sold, and the proceeds divided among his children. The executors offered the property for sale as a whole or as a part. A wealthy citizen of Philadelphia came forward, and authorized the writer of this paragraph to buy the old garden, enclose it with . a neat iron fence, and arrange with the city of Philadelphia to accept it as a large public square, conditioned only that none of the leading memorials of John Bartram should ever be disturbed. The executors named $3,000 per acre as the price they had been asking for portions of the estate. On this basis rough surveys of the old garden were made, and various preliminary work in connection with the probable acceptance of the gift was done. The purchase was considered as made, next to a certainty, when notice was given that the heirs did not consider it was to their interest to sell the ground for this purpose.
This information was given by the writer of this to a leading Philadelphia daily, with full permission to use the information in any form desirable. A courteous letter from the editor, thought it undesirable, "lest it might be thought to reflect on property-owners for deciding what they prefer to do with their own." We wish to convey no such reflection. But we do think it is a matter of information which the public has a right to know, that there was a generous citizen ready to do a very liberal public act, for which he would have received the thanks of the whole intelligent world, had the opportunity of consummating been afforded him, - and we think, further, it is due to the good name of Philadelphia that it should be known that these extremely interesting relics of the early history of botany and gardening on our continent were not swept away without an earnest effort to save them.
For this reason, notwithstanding the opinion of our editorial friend, which we respect, we feel justified in giving the information here which was declined for his own paper.