This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The members of the American Pomological Society have many of them learned before this, of the death of one of the founders, and for thirty years the treasurer of the Society, Thomas P. James, who died at his residence in Cambridge, Mass., in his 79th year. It was only a few years ago that he resigned the office, owing to his advanced years. He was born near Philadelphia, and was a member of the ancient family of Potts who founded Pottsville, Pottstown, and other places with similar names in Pennsylvania. He was a leading member of the drug business in Philadelphia for many years, relinquishing it but a few years ago to reside near Boston where the relatives of Mrs. James lived. During the many years that he resided in Philadelphia he was actively en-gaged in fostering the interests of intelligent horticulture, and was long the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, when, before the burning of the Chinese Museum and the immense growth of the city had removed its fine gardens a long distance from its centre, the Horticultural Society was among the most popular and influential organizations in the city.
Mr. James took the same interest in Botanical science as he did in fruit growing and gardening, and was especially distinguished in his knowledge of the humble tribe of Mosses, in which branch of knowledge he was regarded as eminent all over the world. The American Philosophical Society of Philadelphia, loses one of its most esteemed members in Mr. James. This Society, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and others which he was identified with, have all passed resolutions of respect to his memory; and these, in his case, were not mere matters of form, for few have been more sincerely mourned. It is not often that we find men giving so much time freely to advance the pleasures and knowledge of other men without any thought of reward but the pleasure of doing good, as did Thomas P. James.