This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Agreeably to our former custom, I have no doubt our Catalogue will receive special attention in regard to its enlargement and revision. This is one of the most important labors of the Society. Great advantages have already resulted from it to the country and the world, and we owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Barry, Chairman of the General Fruit Committee, and his associates, for the intelligence, enterprise, and careful discrimination exercised in the preparation and correction of its columns, which posterity will never forget. This Catalogue is becoming more and more valuable with every issue, embodying as it does, the ripest experience of the best cultivators in all parts of our county, and classifying as it does our fruits, registering from time to time everything that is valuable, and entering upon its pages everything that is desirable for the various sections of our widely extended continent and rejecting such fruits as may on careful trial be deemed unworthy of a place in its pages. Into this catalogue is condensed the substance and essence of our proceedings and all the various State reports, and with every revision it may be expected to approximate nearer and nearer to perfection.
If the Society had rendered no other service than to give to the world its Catalogue of Fruits, it would have fulfilled an important mission. And if I were asked again what was the most important measures ever adopted by the Society I should answer as before, - its Catalogue of Fruits. Persevere, then, in this line of our researches, and you will embrace in its register every new or old fruit of good quality, with its peculiar adaptation, and whether worthy of extensive cultivation. Persevere, I say, in your noble work, and you will leave to the generations that shall follow you richer memorials than those of marble or of brass, that can only perpetuate in lifeless praise the value of your services on earth.