This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
Although it may not be unknown to the larger portion of our readers, it is still our painful duty to record in the pages of The Florist, the decease of our lamented friend and fellow-labourer, Charles Fox, Esq., the gentleman who superintended the illustrations of our little work, and through whose hands were passed the various seedling flowers sent for our opinion. Never has the grave closed on one more amiable, of more integrity, or of more ability to fulfil this important portion of the duties connected with a noricultural publication. Nothing would have induced him to depart from what he conscientiously believed to be a perfectly correct judgment. Every flower about whose merits he felt the slightest misgivings, as to whether it was an improvement or not, was submitted to a critical comparison with the best varieties in cultivation; and when unable to do so personally, they were forwarded to parties upon whose judgment and integrity he could fully rely. How much and how justly he will be missed as a censor at our metropolitan horticultural and floral exhibitions, let those tell who have been his companions in that onerous service.
The spring is at hand, bringing in its train the flowers he studied and loved so well; but that eye which examined them so critically, and with such a refined taste, is closed for ever. He had long suffered from an affection of the heart, which, after a painful illness of three weeks, terminated in death, at the house of a friend, at Leyton in Essex, where providentially he happened to be paying a periodical visit. Respect for the delicacy of their feelings alone prevents our mentioning the name; but we must be allowed to record, that every thing which the most exalted Christian friendship could suggest was done to soothe his dying pillow by every member of the family. It is not our province to speak of him in his profession as a picture-engraver; but he has left behind him works held in high estimation; and more, he has left "Better than fame by crowds adored, Or gold immeasurably stored, A pure and spotless name'".
We hope at some future day, through the kindness of W. Carpenter, Jun., Esq., the Artist, to present our readers with an etched likeness of our lamented friend, from a successful drawing made by that gentleman just before Mr. Fox's health was seriously impaired.