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.
Mr. Robertson says: "As I am daily in receipt of communications from parties asking information on different subjects, mostly prefacing their inquiries by observing that they have seen my articles in your Gardeners' Monthly, and many of those queries are interesting and instructive to me, I wish to state that it gives me great pleasure to reply, if I can in any way benefit any one, floriculture being the branch to which I devote my special study.
"The circulation of your paper must be very wide spread, judging from the diverse sections from whence I receive those queries, and all unite in high praise on the benefits they receive from your magazine. With them I agree that there are few papers that contribute so much fresh matter as yours does. I have to thank you for the kind manner in which you make allusion to my work; also to the public press for their many kind utterances and references to these feeble efforts of mine in a direction in which there is so much chance for improvement. One great difficulty I often experience is, and you as an Editor must find this so - letters are written plainly enough, but the signature usually indistinct, and I expect some of my answers never reach their destination".
[Just so - many a time in sheer despair at making out a signature, we have to cut out the writer's own work, and paste it on the envelope for the post office officials to experiment with - and we have a pigeon hole full of letters which cannot be answered at all, because of the failure in endeavoring to spell out the writer's name.
The difficulty in the way of reform is, however, that every body who reads this believes that the remarks exactly fit some neighbor, and not himself. No one believes that his own signature is anything else but as plain as print. Many years ago the Gardeners' Monthly had a correspondent from West Chester, in Josiah Hoopes. The communications were perhaps the most legible that ever came to our office. Yet we noted that, in nine cases out often, the printer would set up his signature as Hooper, instead of Hoopes; and the best of the joke is - and we are sure it is one our correspondent himself will enjoy - we have handed Mr. R.'s present note to a number of persons to whom his writing is strange, and every one declares the signature is "N. Roberkon".
The only chance for reform is, that every person look closely to making every letter plain and distinct. - Ed. G. M].