I should not have alluded to this subject had your correspondent, Mr Hinds, not mentioned names in describing the system of raising Vines from eyes on turves, which he has adopted and found so successful. I have just to say, that the plan recommended by Mr Hinds is that which was first practised and recommended by me; and his instructions in the matter of details are essentially the same as those furnished by me in ' The Garden' some years ago, where Mr Hinds no doubt gained his information partly, for he has had other and exceptional opportunities of becoming acquainted with my sod-system of striking Vine eyes. It is difficult indeed to believe that Mr Hinds was not conscious that it was my plan he described when he wrote, more especially as Mr Thomson's system and mine have been frequently commented upon in nearly all the horticultural papers.

No one would imagine, in fact, from Mr Hinds' statements in 'The Gardener,' that he had the least acquaintance with Mr Thomson's system, which, as Mr Thomson himself stated in 'The Gardeners' Chronicle' years ago, has "nothing in common" with, mine, except that we both used turf - the ultimate object of the two systems being quite different, and the mode of raising the eyes also. The plan recommended by Mr Hinds is one adopted here with nearly every Vine we have raised since 1864. Mr Thomson's system he will find in the back volumes of 'The Gardener' and 'Journal of Horticulture.'

J. Simpson. Wortley.

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I am somewhat surprised at Mr Simpson's comment on the above subject in last month's 'Gardener.' I can assure Mr Simpson that when I penned the article referred to, neither his name nor his plans was amongst my thoughts. I alluded to Mr William Thomson's name for this reason: I took charge of a garden several years ago, in which all the Vines were in such bad condition that I resolved to replace them with young ones. I ordered some Vines from Mr W. Thomson (which, however, he could not supply, so great was the demand for his Vines at the time), and in doing so I asked several questions respecting the course I intended to adopt in renovating the vineries. Mr Thomson was good enough (in his usual kind manner to young gardeners) to write me a long letter of advice and encouragement; and it was to some remarks made in this letter that I referred in my article in last month's 'Gardener.'

I can remember something of a discussion going on in some of the horticultural journals between Mr Simpson and Mr J. Muir, relative to the system of raising Vines from eyes on Turves; and my recollection of that discussion is, that Mr Muir proved the two systems to be entirely distinct. If, however, Mr Simpson's statement is accurate as to what Mr Thomson has written in 'The Gardeners' Chronicle,' I must have fallen into an error, as I do not recollect distinctly the precise terms of Mr Thomson's letter; and as the two systems, as I understand them, may be defined as a "distinction without a difference," I may have infringed unconsciously on Mr Simpson's right. I have some knowledge of Mr Thomson's experiments in Vine-growing, being privileged with the confidence of a Dalkeithite in renovating a large range of fruit-houses at a nobleman's place in Scotland; and I think, in consideration of the experience acquired in Vine-culture by Mr Simpson during those "eight eventful years" spent at Dalkeith, of which we heard so much of late, the unconscious error of a writer might have been overlooked.

I have not the opportunity - even if I had the inclination - to refer to any back numbers of the papers referred to at present; but if I am in error, I cordially and willingly tender an apology for the error I have fallen into. W. Hinds.

[To the best of our recollection, Mr Simpson claimed to have raised Vines on Turves previous to its being so extensively practised by Mr Thomson. But their systems differed, in Mr Thomson having root-pruned the young Vines by cutting off all the large rootlets, so causing a great multiplication of fibry roots. If this version of the systems be correct there is no need for any further discussion on the subject. - Ed].