It had been determined to start a Horticultural Society for the town and county of Northampton, and the working committee applied to the Earl of Winchilsea requesting his patronage and pecuniary support. In reply, the noble Lord sent the following letter : - "Carlton Club, March 14, 1882. Sir: - I think that the city of Northampton, having been fortunate enough to secure the flowers of Mr. Labouchere's eloquence and the fruits of Mr. Bradlaugh's philosophy, stands in no need of any other horticultural exhibition".