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.
As we go to press, we have to announce the death of the well-known President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Mr. Wm. L. Schaffer, on the 16th of August, at his city residence in Philadelphia, in his 79th year. He had been ailing for some months, and for the first time in many years was unable to go out to his country seat in Germantown, among the flowers and fruits that he so much loved. He entered in 1818 as a clerk under the celebrated Stephen Girard, and became Cashier of the Girard Bank in 1832, occupying this position continuously till a few months of his decease. He never married; and his purse was ever open to the calls of charity or public spirited works. The Horticultural Hall, when the private company that owned it got into difficulties, was purchased by him expressly that the Horticultural Society might have a home without charge - during his lifetime at least.