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.
We learn from the editorial columns of the journals of our neighboring sister State, that this time-honored association, after a rest of several years, is about to hold a fall exhibition on grounds of their own, situated between the cities of Newark and Elizabeth. It is with very great pleasure that we are able to announce this fact, for we have not heard from this association in the way of an exhibition since the commencement of the war of the rebellion; and we have a conviction that, from the high character of the gentlemen at the head of the association, they will attempt nothing that will not prove in every way successful and creditable to themselves and their State. Though this Society have held no fairs for the period mentioned, they have not been idle in the good work, but, on the contrary, have been zealously though silently pushing on the development of the agricultural resources of the State of New Jersey. It is mainly by their efforts that the geological survey of the State has been carried out, resulting in the brilliant discovery of their enormous marl beds, priceless in their worth, and contributing to the wealth of the State what seems at sight to be almost fabulous.
Petroleum and California gold are lost in the comparison, for the amount of capital employed in getting at and distributing this treasure is as with the result insignificant. We learn, too, that this Society, for the purpose of better carrying out its beneficent designs, has become a joint stock association, and now numbers among its stockholders or members some of the best and most influential men of the State. Their officers are gentlemen whose well-known characters and social position give every assurance that their Society will not degenerate, as has too often been the case, into a mere horse affair, and their exhibitions turn out only horse-racing shows; but that a careful regard will be had to the true agricultural, horticultural, and industrial interests of the State, the horse taking only his proper position in connection with these.
The officers of the Society are now calling upon the stock breeders of their State, their manufacturers and mechanics, and all interested in agriculture, horticulture, pomology, and the domestic and household arts, to get ready for their fall exhibition, to be held on their own property, where they intend to lay out very extensive ornamental grounds, and to erect suitable buildings for a permanent establishment. Their idea seems to be to build up a bureau whose usefulness shall be commensurate not only with the interests and wants of the State, but with those of the entire country; and in this we can but wish for them the largest and fullest measure of success.
This exhibition, we learn, will come off about the third week in October, and as the time fixed is so favorable for a good display of fruits, we do hope that our nurserymen and amateurs will take note of this, and now that New Jersey is considered by New Yorkers as no longer foreign soil, that they will compete in the display of fruits, and show to our Mends of the sister State what New York can do in the way of apples, pears, etc.
The premiums, we are told, will be on an increased scale of liberality, and outside competition in the way of fruits fully courted. Let us then show them what we can do.
We would suggest to those who may wish to exhibit fruit at the exhibition of this Society, or to communicate with them, that Col. R. S. Swords is the corresponding secretary, and his address is No. 264 Broad Street, Newark, N. J.