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 correspondent from Massachusetts writes of a box of plants being sent to Europe, and which were returned to New York with the statement that they were not permitted to land, and inquires, "what new law is this?"
It is to guard against the introduction of Phylloxera from America, which these countries have in immense quantities everywhere already. The law is just as if we were to forbid importations of plants to our country, for fear of introducing May weed, dandelions, or Canada thistles. The "new law" was probably concocted in some lunatic asylum, and though it is somewhat annoying to us, it serves at least to show that the great wisdom which we are sometimes told characterizes mon-archial governments as against republican systems, is the veriest nonsense ever uttered.