This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A New York correspondent writes: " I sent you a paper, referring to one already published, and asked as a personal favor that it appear in the following number. No notice was taken of my request. Is that the way to treat those who spend time and money to entertain your readers? I don't think you will hear soon from me again".
Instead of throwing this in the waste basket without commejit as there was a strong temptation to do, we will take occasion to say that the piece referred to came into the Editor's hands on the 21st of the month, when the body of the work was actually printed, and only waiting for the adver" tising sheets to come in, to go to the binders, and then to the mailing office and to the subscriber, so that he could get it as nearly as possible on the date printed on the title page. Possibly our irate but still respected correspondent can take up several hundred letters and communications, read, prove, re-write or correct, and arrange for publication, print, correct proof, strike off, and do all that is necessary to make a monthly number, all in a day or two - but the Editor is not thus accomplished, and he has to insist that unless the matter for publication comes to his hands before the 5th of each month, there is little chance of any note being made of it in the "coming number." Possibly not then if any of the departments have much pressing matter on hand.
We will say in addition that it is extremely rare that we receive a letter from any correspondent, that we cannot make some good use of, and we trust this note will be accepted as an illustration, but we must ask our friend's indulgence as to using our own time in the matter.