It is Dot every one who holds a pen for the public, that could have written so gracefully the following notice of Mr. Sargent's new edition of "Downing's Landscape Gardening;" it could have come in fact from no one but N. P. Willis. The Home Journal says truly: "The lamented Downing, in leaving to his wife the bequest of fame which is so precious to her - the volume which is the exponent of his genius and labors - left a prophetic foreshadowing of American taste, of which the fulfilments, as they progressively develop, are from time to time to be added, like the lights and shades of a picture left unfinished. To retain its practical and popular value, at least, as a hand-book of rural culture, the successive editions of his 'Landscape Gardening' should be seen to do what they would have done if he had lived - keep pace with the advancements for which he so admirably prepared the way. It will be understood at once, that the worker at such a task, the executor of such a trust of posthumous fame, must be not only a kindred spirit, but one who is skilful in the knowledge of which the book treats, and disinterested in his friendship for those whose inheritance it is.

"A copy of a most beautiful new edition of 'Downing's Landscape Gardening,' is before us, with this duty of love performed to it - a 'supplement' of near one hundred and fifty pages, added by its editor, Henry Winthrop Sargent.....

"Mr. Sargent, as many of our readers probably know, has devoted an ample fortune and a life of educated leisure to an amateur pursuit of the art which, with Mr. Downing, was professional. The lack of the most frequent compellent to genius, necessity, has alone prevented a person of his preeminent taste and ability from taking the lead in that, or some other of the arts, before this. At his magnificent residence of Wodenethe, however, (opposite the Highlands, on the Hudson,) he has created a paradise around him, by a most successful appliance of his gifts and means to the perfecting of a fine country estate, and to the experiments of horticulture and arboriculture - taking one branch of the latter art as his more particular study, viz.: the culture of evergreens. A highly finished steel engraving gives the reader of the present volume an idea of the beauty of the mansion and lawn of Wodenethe, and several wood cuts present views of the landscape-gardening effects, and of the rare trees in the nurture-of which he has been successful.

Intimate with Mr. Downing, while living, and possessing this habitual sympathy of pursuit, Mr. Sargent was better qualified than any other friend to undertake the careful editing of a new edition; and this he most promptly and generously undertook, and has most admirably accomplished. It is a voluntary enriching of the widow's bequest, for which, aside from the especial merit of his work, he will possess an honored place in the calendar of memorable friendships".