This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
In company with others, we accepted the invitation of the well-known pro-prietor, Mr. Caleb Cope, to witness the plant in full bloom. We all admired Springbrook then, and to many strangers it was a source of regret to observe some years since that Mr. Cope had disposed of the spacious mansion, the many fair acres and hot-houses and valuable plants, for the round sum of $90,000.
One of the merchant princes of Philadelphia, and most active philanthropists, Mr. George H. Stuart, became the fortunate purchaser.
Since then we had heard nothing from Springbrook, and we feared that it might suffer for the want of the skill and enterprise of Mr. Cope.
We have but just returned from our second visit, and rejoice to say that the mansion, the beautiful lawns and trees, not only, but all the green and hot-houses, so far from retrograding, are all in a decidedly improved condition. Even the Victoria Regia house, and the fern and orchid houses appeared, in the best possible order. The Victoria Regia is very flourishing; the whole tank is bordered with fine plants, and the walls are festooned with the most beautiful ferns and other rare plants. Luxuriance, abundance, and health seemed to predominate, and I know it will gratify the readers of the Horticulturist to know that Mr. Stuart has more than sustained its former glory. It is so very common to allow our magnificent country seats to decline whenever a change of owners takes place, that I consider this notable exception worthy of special mention.
[It is indeed a rare thing to find such a place as Springbrook change owners without suffering in character. We are glad to learn that Mr. Stuart has not allowed its glory to be marred. - Ed].