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.
A short time since, I endeavored to rescue the Kalmia from what I believed the unjust reputation of being poisonous. I notice that the English horticulturists are now in a flutter about the Rhododendron. They say that honey extracted by bees from its flowers, is poisonous. Dr. Lindley, in combating the notion, admits that it is so in the case of the Azalea, but not in the Rhododendron. Now, • sir, I do think there is some mistake in such an admission. As I observed, when writing of the Kalmia, I believe that poisons are destructive, in more or less degree, to all animals alike. If the honey secreted by the bee, from this source, be so poisonous to man, why is it not poisonous to the bees themselves? One would think that, in the act of secretion, such poisonous material would be destructive to the life of the bee; unless, as I presume few people in this enlightened age believe, the bee were to gather the honey, and place it in his "bag" as an apple gatherer would put the fruit in his pouch.
I may be " all wrong," but " that is my impression".