With this number we close our record of the past year's progress in pomology, floriculture, and rural topics, and look with a feeling of much satisfaction at our pages, filled with descriptions and illustrations of nearly every new fruit and flower that has appeared in the horticultural world, many of which, through the courtesy of contributors and correspondents, we have been foremost in describing. From other journals we have selected and condensed such items as appeared to us of interest as containing some new theory or practice, or as giving valuable information on topics relating to country life.

With the commencement of the new year the proprietorship and editorial charge of the Horticulturist will pass into the hands of Mr. Henry T. Williams, now connected with the New York Independent as Horticultural and Agricultural editor, who, in assuming the management of the Magazine, will make several important changes for the better.

While retaining all the old corps of contributors, his endeavor will be to secure the services of many new writers on practical subjects. It will be the aim, as it is the intention, of the new proprietor to make the Horticulturist an indispensable companion to every one who owns a garden, an orchard, or plot of ground, however small. With one exception, the Horticulturist is the oldest magazine of its kind in the country, and has long been considered by our best pomologists the standard work on the subjects of which it treats. Many subscribers haye been with us from the commencement of this journal by A. J. Downing in 1846, now over twenty-two years, and the value to them of their volumes is far above a pecuniary one, containing, as they do, a history of the progress of horticulture for nearly a quarter of a century. To such, as well as our subscribers and readers of later years, we say that the future of the Magazine bids fair to exceed its past. Energy, ability, and practical knowledge will be brought to the work of filling its pages with such information as no grower of fruits, flowers, or vegetables can afford to dispense with.

In parting with the Magazine, the new proprietor has our best wishes for success in his undertaking, and we take pleasure in assuring our readers that they will be great gainers by the change.

For the present, the publication department will be under our charge, and all communications relating to business may, as heretofore, be addressed to us. We cordially invite all our old subscribers to renew their subscriptions for 1869 ; and should be pleased if each of them would send at least one new patron for the coming year.