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.
"C Dickens Shaks-peare Bryant Jones" says: "A catalogue of Mr. 'A. W., of Lawrence, Kansas,' has just reached me in which he advertises ' the Gardener's Monthly, assisted by an able corpse of American and Foreign correspondents.' Now I always considered the Monthly a live paper; but how a ' corpse.' no matter how ' able,' can give it increased vitality, would puzzle even a materialistic spiritualist. A corps of ' corpses,' if anything, would be even deader than one deserter from that graveyard regiment coming 'to re-visit the pale glimpses of the moon,' and to haunt your sanctum with baleful horticultural suggestions and ' dead issues.' The only use you could possibly have for an 'able corpse,' as I conceive, is in your Hints for the Month, where, when ripened by sun, frost and time, and properly composted, you might work it in with part sand into pots, or in the garden borders, where it would become 'a brother to the insensible rock, and to the sluggish clod which the rude swain turns with his share and treads upon.' Excuse me, Mr. Editor, for ' dropping into poetry' like Mr. Wegg; but the subject is so ' fertile' in suggestion, that a whole ' corpse' of dead writers starts up unbidden, every fellow wishing to put in a few remarks in his own peculiar vein".
[All of which is jovial enough, and in which hilarity we should perhaps be tempted to join, did we not know of our own troubles with compositors and proof readers. A. printer seldom thinks of what he is doing, and if a writer made a flourish to the s, so as to look like an e, it would be the most natural thing in the world for him to set up 'corpse' for corps; especially if, while handling the type, he was thinking of the last base ball match. - Ed. G. M].