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.
I cannot at all join in S.B.Fairsquare's lamentation, p. 2[6. I believe it to be the bounden duty of every hired gardener to apply himself practically and mentally to " dress and keep" his employer's garden as best he knows how and in accordance with the taste and desire of his employer. We generally hire for what we can get, hence, I guess for what we are worth. If we hire as gardener and are gardener it is none of our business whether our employer keeps also a farmer; neither are the "moral and intellectual qualities" of our employer any of our business. Would that the gos. sipping wretch who "whispers over the fence into the ear of the discreet neighbor the public secret about his employer and that no one dares to divulge openly or publicly," would learn to " keep a tongue of good report, maintain secresy and practice charity."Fairsquare, you call for a series of essays on the "improvement" of employers; now, why don't you, yourself, assume the initiative? A man with all the "metre " and the Latin you command, is just the one to talk to them.
Oh, the ignominy we are subjected to! the degradation of our situation! The farmers are of higher rank than we; the cook and coachman with us claim equality, and, as the planters used to treat their slaves, they call us by our Christian names! Why, Fairsquare, you must be bilious.
Glen Cove, Long Island, N. Y.