Your long experience, friend editor, in the management and organization of Horticultural Societies, must have enabled you to judge of the utility of the same, as now generally conducted, and must have convinced you that in many instances they fail to meet the wants of the age, and are wholly inadequate to the purposes for which they were originally called into existence. I have noted during the past two exhibition seasons a growing conviction that there are fundamental errors in their management, as well as in the means chosen to carry out their professed purpose. Let us canvass this matter fairly and quietly, and discover, if possible, the causes for the falling off in many once influential societies.

To do this judiciously, we must refer to the societies themselves, to their former flourishing condition and their present comparatively feeble state. We must trace the gradual development of dissatisfaction among the members, and discuss the acts of their officers; but you will demur to such a subject being introduced into the columns of the courteous Horttculturist, and that, too, by one who is well known as ignoring courtesy when facts are wanted.

Well, we can not be permitted to impeach the respectable officers of these societies, nor, indeed, be allowed to speak the facts as to the position of the societies themselves, unless in so indirect a manner as not to be offensive. Let us try.