It is our painful duty this month to record the death of Mr Jas. Veitch, senior partner of the firm of James Veitch & Son3, Royal Exotic Nursery, King's Road, Chelsea. This sad event took place suddenly on the morning of the 10th of last month, at his residence, Stanley House, King's Road, at the comparatively early age of fifty-four.

In the death of Mr Veitch horticulture has lost its most devoted patron.

Those who had, as we had the pleasure of having, an intimate acquaintance with Mr Veitch, need not be informed with what zeal and devotion he entered upon every project that could advance the science and practice of his favourite art; and with what success, honours and awards from all parts of Europe amply testify.

We recently had the pleasure of spending a few days with him, and under his own guidance were shown his private collection of Orchids, set apart in some recently-erected houses behind his private residence for special experiments. Here we saw lots of Hybrid Orchids, others being crossed, and their seed-pods swelling, new modes of growth and treatment being adopted with others, all with a view to add new gems to that horizon he had already so much emblazoned both by introductions from foreign climes, and by the results of his successful cross-breeding. We were at that time made aware from his own lips that his health was exceedingly precarious; yet in view of the important labours he was carrying on, and for the sake of his family and the public generally, we earnestly hoped the sad event might be long deferred. It has been otherwise determined, and we are certain we are but the exponents of all who take an interest in horticulture, when we present our sincere condolence to the firm and family from which such a stay has been removed.

In the death of Mr Robert Thomson, of the R. H. S. Gardens, Chiswick, horticulture has lost one of its most painstaking pioneers. Modest and retiring in manner, he was always ready to give place to men much his inferior in ability.

On this ground alone can we account for a man who possessed such a store of varied knowledge not having attained a higher position in the horticultural world. Mr Thomson's technical knowledge of hardy fruit was perhaps the most reliable of any man of his day, and this knowledge was always at the service of any one who asked for it. In this way alone he rendered services that entitled him to a much more ample public recognition than he ever received. As an author, Mr Thomson produced a work that will long be consulted with advantage, ' The Gardener's Assistant.' Dr Lindley's great work, 'The Theory and Practice of Horticulture,' was also largely indebted to his observant mind.

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We regret very much to have to record the sudden death, on the 13th January, of Mr Thomas Methven, of the firm of Messrs Methven & Sons, Edinburgh. Mr Methven had, by his industry, professional ability, and business tact, been eminently successful as a Nurseryman. He raised himself to a position of usefulness and esteem as a citizen, and for some time filled the honourable position of senior magistrate of the city of Edinburgh. During his career as a Nurseryman, extending over a period of more than thirty years, he did very much, by personal influence and substantial material aid, for the advancement of Horticulture and Arboriculture. He was very widely known and much respected among a large circle of Horticulturists and friends as a genial and warm-hearted friend. His decease is therefore much regretted, and his sorrowing family deeply sympathised with.

Many of our readers will be sorry to learn of the decease, on January 2d, of our occasional contributor and long-valued friend, Mr A. Dawson, who began his career of gardening at Huntly Lodge, Aberdeenshire. In 1834 he removed to England, where he filled several responsible situations as steward and gardener with very much success. For thirteen years he acted in this capacity at Rood Ashton, Wiltshire, over a large farm and garden. Eleven years since he was appointed estate manager at Weald Hall, Essex, to Mr Towers, the son of one of his former employers. Few men have been more highly valued and esteemed by their employers. Mr Dawson was one of Nature's noblemen - much more influenced by the highest aims of life than anything else, and by which he was governed in all his relationships. Many will bear us out in saying that those who knew him best loved him most.