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.
I hasten the development of my house grapes very much during the sturgeon fishery in August, by burying large subjects in my borders, about eight feet from the stems of the vines, carrying out one of the laws of nature, by making the dead matter support the living plant, and it intelligent man, thus binding them altogether. My late friend, Mr. James P. M. Johnston, remarked to me, shortly before his death, "that the time would probably come when the art of man would acquire a dominion over that principle of life, by the agency of which plants now grow, and alone produce food for man and beast, by the manufacture of those necessaries and luxuries for which he is now wholly dependent on the vegetable kingdom, and be enabled to tread the soil beneath his feet as a useless thing, to disregard the genial shower, to despise the influence of the balmy dew, to be indifferent alike to rain and drought, to cloud and sunshine, to laugh at the thousand cares of the husbandman, and to compassionate the anxieties of the ancient tilers of the earth." This cannot be the will of God, as it would decrease man's means of happiness and pleasure, which he has invariably shown a desire to increase.
The Suslan Iris, Two-Thirds The Natural Size.
Set him free from the necessity of cultivating the ground, and you deprive him of the delightful pleasures of a tranquil agricultural existence, the en-joyments pertaining to returning seasons, health and happiness caused by labor in the sun's rays, and convert him into a manufacturer of the necessaries of life. - Pell's Report on Fishes.